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Dorset Police Cadets

The cadet unit enables young people in the Bournemouth area to take part in fun activities, boost their confidence and help their community.

The county’s first volunteer police cadet unit,  has been set up by the Bournemouth’s Bourne Academy, Dorset Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Dorset, holding the first sessions in summer 2019.

Police Cadets

People aged 13-17½ and from a wide range of backgrounds across Bournemouth take part in weekly sessions held at The Bourne Academy.

What cadets will learn:

  • Presentation and interview skills
  • Leadership skills
  • How police officers work in different roles and departments
  • How to talk confidently to members of the public
  • How to use a police radio and record duties in a police pocket notebook
  • How to detect crimes
  • First Aid
  • Teambuilding skills
  • Research skills
  • How to work in a structured organisation

 ...And much more!

What cadets will get: 

  • Receive a police cadet uniform
  • Enjoy a range of fun and challenging activities
  • Benefit from one-to-one guidance for further education and job interviews, including with the police.
  • Support your local community through volunteering
  • Work with Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), police officers and other partner agencies

Cadets enjoy a range of outdoor activities


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