Get Involved with the Metropolitan Police Service
Opportunities for young people with the Metropolitan Police Service
If you're aged 10 or over, there's plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.
Volunteer Police Cadets
Since 2013 we have been able to offer two complimentary volunteer police cadet programmes
The first is a Junior Cadet programme for ages 10 (must be in year 6 at School) -13. Junior Volunteer Police Cadets invites young people to take part in a programme which will teach them life skills, social responsibility and help them to build positive relationships with the police. The youngsters join the VPC family and are led by senior volunteer police cadets (VPC) and cadet leaders, who have been coached and trained in mentoring and leadership, to provide positive role models to their younger peers.
The programme provides a safe consistent environment for them as they make the transition from primary to secondary school.
Senior cadets is further offered to ages 14 (year 9 at school) and 18, joining the Police Cadets is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved, meet new people, and do something worthwhile for your community.
As a volunteer police cadet you:
- meet up for a few hours each week to learn new skills
- get physically fit and develop your personal qualities
- help to prevent crime and coordinate minor public events in your local area
Join up and you'll find yourself doing things like:
- learning police skills like radio communication
- taking part in police training exercises
- participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
- gaining accredited qualifications
- promoting local crime prevention initiatives by giving out leaflets and helping with mobile phone and property marking schemes
- being part of an extra uniformed presence at public events like Trooping the Colour, the London Marathon and Remembrance Sunday
Work experience with the Metropolitan Police Service
As one of the biggest employers in London, and to strengthen links with the local community we are committed to providing excellent work experience opportunities.
While you won't be able to shadow police officers on operational duty, you will:
- gain a unique experience and insight of how London's policing works
- get a good perspective on the wide range of work we carry out
Work experience with us is not organised centrally - instead it is run by local police boroughs. The best way to find out about what opportunities there might be for you is to contact your local police station. Find out more on our careers website by clicking on the question 'Can I do work experience with the MPS?'
Some Safer Neighbourhoods Teams have set up youth panels which meet regularly to discuss issues facing the community they live in. There could be one in your area. Join in and you'll:
- be involved in setting policing priorities that matter to young people
- work with us and the wider community to resolve issues that matter to you and your community
For more information contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team. If your Safer Neighbourhoods Team doesn't have a specific youth panel, they will still be keen to hear your views so get in touch. Find out how on our 'How to contact us' page.
YOU (Youth Organisations in Uniform) London
YOU London brings together some of the oldest, largest and most experienced uniformed youth organisations in Greater London.
Each organisation - from the Scouts to Guides, Sea Cadets, Air Training Corps, Volunteer Police Cadets and more - has their own range of activities that provide fun and adventure for young people.
If you want to know how to get more out of your community, gain an educational qualification and learn how to play a bigger part in getting things done in your area, VOYAGE is a new scheme for you.
VOYAGE delivers a set of programmes to ensure that the voices of young people are heard.
VOYAGE aims to find active, talented young people with leadership potential to help combat crime and the issues that affect them where they live, to improve their school environment and help to make services in their community better. VOYAGE has a number of projects available:
- Young Leaders for Safer Cities, (YLfSC) BTEC Leadership Programme
- Young Black Positive Advocates, (YBPA).
- Stop & search workshops
- Violent crime workshops
VOYAGE deliver workshops to young people to make them aware of their rights and the legislation that affects them using a mix of factual information, legislation and innovative approaches i.e. forum theatre. VOYAGE works in partnership with MPS C019, Trident, Crimestoppers and MPS trainers and police recruits to deliver these workshops.
If you are interested in any further information regarding VOYAGE's programme please contact the VOYAGE Team on 020 7161 7636
Text: 07846 588 357 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9 students can join the Young Leaders for Safer Cities programme which will give them a BTEC award (equivalent to one grade A-C GCSE).
The programme is aimed at creating young leaders who will advocate change in local communities to reduce violence and antisocial behaviour. YLfSC is an accredited level II BTEC equivalent to 1 GCSE A - C grade. Students are recruited directly from their schools to participate in the programme so ask your teacher for more information.
Met-Track is a sports scheme that runs in nearly all of London's boroughs offering a variety of exciting opportunities to young people who may not normally get the chance. It is staffed entirely by members of British International Track and Field teams - so you'll get the best possible training in athletics or general fitness.
Join in Met-Track and you'll:
- get the opportunity to take part in weekly training sessions
- have fun, and get positive lifestyle opportunities
- enjoy it whether you're new to sport or a potential Olympic-level talent
Football is enjoyed by people all across London so the Kicks programme was set up to help young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the city get playing and get involved with London's professional football clubs. Join Kicks and, if you're aged 12-18 and whether you're male or female, you can train and play football for up to three nights a week, 48 weeks of the year.
There are currently 171 sessions being delivered across 31 London boroughs by all the London based professional clubs: Arsenal, Barnet, Brentford, Charlton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Dagenham and Redbridge, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and West Ham.
So wherever you are in London there is a scheme not that far from you.
Have you seen rugby on TV and fancy having a go? Through the Hitz programme you can meet up with other young people and get involved in tag, touch and contact rugby. Make some new friends and learn how to play this great team sport.
Hitz is run by Aviva Premiership Rugby Clubs, namely Saracens, London Irish and Harlequins, two or three nights a week and is just for young people, male and female, aged between 12 and 18.
Are you interested in playing Cricket, but don't have equipment? Maybe you don't know where to play. Then look at the opportunities StreetChance has to offer. Using the fast paced Street 20 format a game lasts just 20 minutes and can be played anywhere. All sessions are run by qualified coaches and welcome all young people who want to play cricket.