For ages 14 – 17 and leaders who have an interest in working with children

Dyfed-Powys Police run a volunteer police cadet scheme throughout the force area. The scheme is aimed at young people between 14 (year 10 in school) and 17. The scheme aims to:

  • promote a practical understanding of policing
  • encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship
  • provide volunteering opportunities which help and influence the way the police behave, giving you a voice in your community
  • Encourage young people to play an active part in their community.

The scheme has not been designed as a way to join the police when you’re 18, but it will give you the opportunity to improve your CV when the time comes to apply for a job or to university.

As a volunteer police cadet, you will be given a unique insight into how the police service works. What exactly is theft? How do the police investigate incidents? How do you use a police radio? You’ll be given a uniform and will learn all about police powers and procedures. You also have the opportunity to assist and influence local policing teams on improving the service we provide to our communities.

We meet for two hours each week and we expect you to attend every week and to take a full and active part in the activities.

You will also have opportunities to work with your local community and to improve it through volunteering. We regularly undertake opportunities such as bike marking and providing crime prevention advice, we have conducted operations trying to buy age restricted goods such as alcohol and marshalled fun runs. We ask for a commitment of at least three hours of volunteering every month.

A number of activities are chosen by cadets themselves, so if there is something which is important to you, your leaders will advise and mentor you to lead a positive change in your area.

We currently have units meeting in Newtown, Brecon, Ammanford, Llanelli, Cardigan and Pembroke Dock.

If you would like more information in the meantime please feel free to email or call 101 and ask for the Volunteer Police Cadet Coordinator.

You can also get more information on the volunteer police cadets by visiting

Do you want to volunteer to be a cadet leader?

If you want to volunteer to be a cadet leader you need to be 18 or over and ideally have some experience of working with children or young people or an interest and aptitude in this area. We are always looking for those who are willing to commit a few hours a week to help work with young people. As we continue to expand we are constantly looking for adult volunteers who can either join our existing units in Newtown, Brecon, Ammanford, Llanelli, Cardigan and Pembroke, or help to set up a new unit anywhere in Dyfed-Powys.

Cadet units meet weekly for two hours, and all cadets agree to undertake three hours of voluntary work each month. We expect leaders to be able to assist regularly with these activities. We will provide the training you need to deliver the best programme for our young people. This includes training in relation to safeguarding, training and working with young people.

Further opportunities for adult volunteer leaders include expedition leader qualifications, sporting qualifications and gaining presentation and leadership skills. Along with these you will get to see the best of the young people of Dyfed-Powys and watch them grow and develop under your guidance.

If you want to be a cadet leader you will need to apply to be a police support volunteer and undertake a DBS check. The process is straightforward and allows us to ensure that we have the right people working with our cadets.

We recruit adult volunteer leaders throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering and want to apply or have a chat about what the role entails, email