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The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) started in February 2014 with the aim of encouraging the spirit of adventure and good citizenship while inspiring young people to develop knowledge and understanding of the policing role to ultimately participate positively in their local communities.

There are currently 90 cadets aged between 11 to 18 years old. These are split into Junior and Senior groups in the North and South of the County. The cadets are offered to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive regardless of their background. We encourage young people from all backgrounds to join the VPC, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion.

Objectives – by the end of the programme young people will be better able to:

  • Demonstrate via cadet activities an increase in self-confidence/self-esteem.
  • Show how to utilise the principles of self-discipline.
  • Explain how to maintain health and wellbeing for themselves and others.
  • Outline the roles of the different units/areas that make up Durham Constabulary.
  • Identify key areas of legislation and how offences may affect victims and communities.
  • Identify policing procedures and how these may impact on individuals and communities.
  • Demonstrate the key principles of dealing with a given community policing scenario.
  • To support local policing priorities through volunteering withing communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic employability skills required to progress into further education/employment.
  • Show individual skills as a leader by being a role model and supporting and developing others.
  • Display a commitment to the values of equality and diversity and to understand and demonstrate the Code of Ethics and the Durham Difference.

The cadets are split into 4 units, who are each led by cadet leaders from Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC), police staff including apprentice youth workers, former cadets, project coordinators, police officers and PCSO’s, as well as volunteers.

For further information around the VPC scheme, visit the DAAC website, or email cadets@daac.org.uk or call DAAC on 0191 300 8460.