Becoming a Cadet
Frequently asked questions
Why should I become a British Transport Police cadet?
If you want to help improve your local community, have an
interest in finding out more about how the police work, or the law,
British Transport Police (BTP) Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) scheme
is for you. We also offer awards and qualifications such as the
Duke of Edinburgh Award, and opportunities to get involved in youth
social action both on a national and international basis.
Who can become a BTP volunteer police cadet?
The BTP Volunteer Police Cadets is for young people between 13
and 17 years old. At 18 you are eligible to become a Cadet Leader.
You will also have access to other volunteering opportunities to
support your local community.
How do I apply to become a BTP volunteer police
Please complete our application form and
email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note we are currently recruiting for cadets in
the London area only.
Is it only for people that want a career with British Transport
No. This is a common misconception about the Police Cadets. The
VPC has the aim of developing a practical understanding of policing
amongst young people which obviously attracts young people who have
an interest in this area. However, young people join us for many
different reasons many just to be able to work in their
communities, or gain awards and qualifications.
Will it help me join British Transport
BTP Volunteer Police Cadets is not a direct
entrance scheme into the police service. The cadets will, however,
give you an insight into policing, build your employability skills
and will help you to make informed career choices.
Can I still join if I have been in trouble with the
Yes, depending on the seriousness of the trouble you have been
in. We try to provide an all-inclusive programme and will support
young people who want to make a change. If you have made a decision
that you want to choose a different path we will do everything we
can to support you. We obviously have a duty of care to the other
young people we work with and our leaders. As representatives of
BTP we also need young people who represent our values.
Will I get a uniform?
Yes, BTP Volunteer Police Cadets is a uniformed youth group and
the uniform is part of our identity as part of the extended
Where are cadets held?
Cadet meetings in London will be held at our British
Transport Police training school near Highbury and Islington train
The West Midlands cadets meet at the Safer
Travel Command Centre in Birmingham.
How much does it cost?
In Birmingham there is a subscription of £1
per week for the cadets which is reinvested into the cadets for
social activities and trips.
At present there are no plans to charge
subscriptions for attendance at cadets in London.
How often do I have to attend?
We will meet every week and in term time it is
expected that you will attend as many sessions as you can.
Education will always come first, however there is an expectation
that all members of the organisation will volunteer for a minimum
of 3 hours per month, on average, outside of weekly meetings.
What kind of volunteering will we do?
The BTP Volunteer Police Cadets take part in
many and varied volunteering events, from local community based
activities to occasions with a national and even international
audience. Some activities that you will expect to be involved in
- Independent Advisory Groups – advising police
on youth issues and concerns
- Crime prevention stands – informing the
community of simple ways to say safe
- Marching in / route lining for local parades
(i.e. remembrance events)
- Stewarding local events such as award
- Assisting in the provision of activities for
special needs children
- Community gardening
- Age related test purchasing with local
Trading Standards teams on railway
- Crime surveys – assisting police with large
- Low level patrol on the railway network
- Training of police officers as role players
How do I get to events?
We will do all that we can to support you in
getting to events including travel arrangements but you will have
to take some personal responsibility and be motivated to get to
What is expected of me?
BTP is a disciplined uniform service and you
will be expected to behave accordingly showing respect for others
and acting with honesty and integrity.
I’m over 18. What else can I do?
Once you are 18 you can volunteer as a Cadet
Leader or apply for other volunteering roles, including the Special
Constabulary. For details of this visit the careers section of the BTP
For any further details please contact phone
0207 521 6323 or email email@example.com.
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