Devon & Cornwall Police are looking for Volunteers to help support the Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) groups who volunteer within their local communities, attending various events throughout the year and helping with the smooth running of weekly sessions at their local police station.
The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) are a recognised Police uniformed youth group throughout the UK. The purpose of the VPC is not to recruit police officers of the future, but to encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship amongst its members. We believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive regardless of his or her background. We encourage young people from all backgrounds to join VPC, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone to use their personal qualities and skills within their community and learn, alongside our Police Cadets, how Devon & Cornwall Police operate. It is a great chance to help give back to your local community by helping shape the understanding of today’s youth by supporting recruitment of Volunteer Police Cadets (VPCs), supporting the delivery of awareness sessions to help cadets learn legislation and policies, attending events to promote positive community engagement and inspire young people to become good citizens and build their confidence as they become young adults.
As a VPC Leader, you will need to be friendly and approachable and be open to learning new skills and information that can be shared with others. Specific qualifications are not essential, however previous experience of working with young people (13-18yrs old) and using social media is advantageous. There is also a requirement to understand and respect diversity and equality and be a confident communicator.
Whilst performing the role of a VPC Leader, you will gain valuable skills and qualities of which can be applied in a variety of situations. You will feel part of a team, you will build a ‘feel good’ factor as a volunteer for the police and there may also be the opportunity for you to gain qualifications and knowledge whilst supporting the leadership of the VPC group.
• Share administration and office-based tasks with other cadet leaders
• Assist with social media outlets, newsletters, presentations, role plays and good news stories
• Assist with local Police Cadet events
• Help with the overall running and supervision of cadet evenings
• Deliver sessions if you are happy and comfortable to do so
• Have the opportunity to co-ordinate a cadet unit with support from other volunteers and police staff
• Safeguard the cadets
• Work collaboratively with the Youth Engagement Officer to deliver the corporate VPC training programme
• Drive unmarked police vehicles for transportation of cadet equipment and cadets in line with force safeguarding requirements (see Cadet Manual of Guidance)
Please visit the VPC website for further information on the cadets: https://vpc.police.uk/
For further information about the role please visit www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/current-vacancies:
CLOSING DATE: Monday, June 7, 2021