About the national VPC


To build a nationally recognised association of Cadet programmes that not only engages and educates our young people, but which also supports local communities and policing.The National VPC is the NPCC supported framework for Volunteer Police Cadet programmes across the UK, all of whom share common Aims and Principles

By working together under a common brand we hope to raise the profile of the VPC, bring recognition to the Cadets and Leaders who volunteer their time supporting their local communities and Police Services. We look to increasing the funding, resources and opportunities available to our members.

The National VPC Team are led by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer of Devon and Cornwall Police, and were brought together to develop a national framework and encourage sharing of good practice.

Through their work and a number of national conferences they have built a framework which has NPCC approval and is being used in a growing number of Police Services across Great Britain.

The VPC is based on four aims and four principles:

Aims of the VPC:

  • Promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people


  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship


  • Support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard


  • Inspire young people to participate positively in their communities


Principles of the VPC:

Each cadet unit should include:

  • Members aged 13-18


  • 25% of cadets from a ‘vulnerable’ background


  • Cadets who volunteer 3 hours a month – assisting in community and crime prevention measures


  • Cadets that represent the diversity of their service area


By working to these shared aims and principles we have built a nationally recognised association of Cadet programmes that not only engages and educates our young people, but which also supports local communities and policing.

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