Merseyside Volunteer Police Cadet

The Merseyside Police Volunteer Cadet Scheme provides an opportunity  for young people aged 16 - 18 to get involved in an exciting one-year program, which has been designed to develop key life skills, enhance your CV and help to prepare you for your future career, whether this be within the police service or another profession.  You will be working with a core team of Police officers, Police staff, PCS&TOs and Volunteers.  You will be expected to wear a Police Cadet Uniform throughout the program.

The scheme, which has been running for a number of years, offers an opportunity for young people to take part in a nationally accredited scheme to provide an insight into the work of Merseyside Police.

The scheme aims to engage and develop young people, to help them engage them with their communities and encourage them to become positive role models and ambassadors among their peers.

While many cadets do consider a career in the police service, this is not always the case and is certainly not a bar to recruitment, as most of the skills and experiences they obtain will be transferable to other walks of life.

They will have the opportunity to learn more about the police service with insights and visits to many departments including the Dogs and Mounted Section, Firearms, the control room, public order training, court visits and many more.

Other activities include involvement in fundraising events, local problem solving exercises, involvement in local community activity, high profile civic events, first aid training and an insight into the policing of football matches. There will also be a number of teambuilding events such as dragon boat racing, other outdoor activities and the opportunity to work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award.

To be eligible, candidates must have a date of birth ranging from 01/09/2001- 31/08/2002 or be a year 12 student or equivalent. Applicants will be subject to Police vetting.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to register your interest, please email your full name and date of birth to the citizens in policing team

What will I do on the Scheme?

You will have the opportunity to learn more about the police service, with insights and visits into many departments which may include:

  • Dogs and Mounted
  • Firearms
  • Control Rooms and Contact Centres
  • Public Order Training
  • Forensics

You will also have the opportunity to get involved with fundraising events, local problem solving exercises, high profile events, teambuilding exercises and gain an insight into football operations.

There will also be an opportunity for a partnership event with army cadets, which will involve an overnight stay and outdoor survival skills

This is just a flavour of some of the activities you could get involved with.  The Merseyside Police Volunteer Cadet Scheme will provide opportunities you will not get anywhere else, and will be memorable for life!

How do I apply?

The recruitment process will consist of the following stages:

  • Application
  • Vetting

Please be aware that the vetting stage can take up to 6 weeks to complete.  For more information about vetting and why this is required, please click here

Who can apply?


This is a one-year scheme that engages young people whom are 16-18 years old.

Recruitment lines will be available online for a limited time from September of each year.  

To be eligible to apply to be a Volunteer Police Cadet, you must also meet the following criteria:

  • have a date of birth ranging from 01/09/2001 to 31/08/2002
  • Have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years
  • Be a British Citizen or member of the EC/EEA
  • Must NOT be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or similar organisations.

Commonwealth citizens and foreign nationals who are resident in the UK free of restrictions can also apply.

Expressions of interest

For more information about the scheme, or to express your interest please contact the team by email at or call us on 0151 777 8970 or 0151 777 4182.