Unit Main Cadet Leader

Unit Main Cadet Leader

Could you make a difference and help shape the lives of the young people in your area?

We trust our people and they’re empowered to make decisions. You’ll have the chance to build new skills, gain unrivalled experience and you’ll be valued for what you bring.

 In this unique role you will have the chance to motivate and support other Cadet Leaders and our volunteer Police Cadets to learn the skills and train under the guidance of our police officers.

Our cadets have FUN whilst learning skills… they are a diverse mix of 13-17 year olds, each with lots of enthusiasm and excitement for our organisation and its values.

As a Unit Cadet Leader you will become the person that ensures all duties and responsibilities required to run a unit successfully are completed by your team of Cadet Leaders. You will make sure that sessions are planned and delivered on a regular basis and oversee the content that gives our cadets a fantastic experience.

We do not expect you to undertake all the tasks yourself but you will be comfortable with delegating to your volunteer team and checking that tasks have been completed. This is in addition to inspires, leads and motivates them to support their local community as well as developing a wide range of social and physical skills in a fun, friendly and exiting way.

You will be:

  • A mentor
  • A coach
  • A leader
  • An influencer

We do not need you to have policing experience, our existing leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds, and they each bring key elements of their day to day lives into the role.


We ask you to volunteer your own time to lead an inspirational team.


Each group provides an environment for young people where they can learn about roles within policing, support their community and develop valuable life skills such as communication and problem solving. You will be the person that ensures high standards in your group, this includes things such as uniform checks and drill practices.

You will need to be comfortable presenting in front of a group of circa 30 cadets and being the person that engages and leads this group during their time with their group.


We will want you to be responsible for ensuring that the activities of your group are fun and engaging and align with our volunteering strategic objectives. As Unit Leader of your team you will support planning and delivery of an exciting, interesting and balanced programme to give the cadets the opportunity to have fun and learn new skills while taking part in many different types of activities, events and camps to broaden the cadet’s knowledge of policing and the local community. These activities often take place at weekends.


Through these groups our Cadet Leaders have a tangible and positive impact on the lives of our young people, our volunteers and our local communities.


Locations we are recruiting for:

  • Bridgwater
  • Bristol North
  • Bristol South
  • Bristol East

Be you

Be valued

Be the difference

We have 9 cadet units (Bath, Bristol Central, Southmead, Patchway, Speedwell, Hartcliffe, Portishead, Weston Super Mare and Bridgwater) with up to 30 cadets per units. Generally we have 3 Cadet Leaders working together at each weekly meeting. The Unit Leader attends most meetings.

The cadet units meet during term time to gain an insight into policing, learn a range of skills and take part in community events. They also assist the police in delivering crime prevention advice and general public engagement initiatives to support your local community.

 All of the cadet units are currently meeting online due to the pandemic, our intention is to revert to face to face weekly meetings when we are safely able to do so.




You must be 18 years of age to apply


All applicants will be subject to the Force Vetting Policy and will be required to undertake and maintain the appropriate level of safeguarding training for the role.


As part of our commitment to keeping our staff, volunteers and Cadets safe we apply safer recruitment processes to all of our vacancies. This role requires that at least one of your references is able to comment on your interactions with children and/or young people in a personal, voluntary or employment capacity. Please ensure that you consider this when providing references as part of your application.


Avon and Somerset Constabulary is fully committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children and young people. The role you have applied for requires you to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check (DBS).


Does this sound like the role for you? Click the link below to apply.

We are looking for people who share our values of caring, inclusive, courageous and learning.

To find out more about our inclusive culture CLICK HERE

To enable us to deliver outstanding policing for everyone, we need people from all backgrounds with a range of professional and life experiences so that we are truly representative of our communities.

Why work for Avon and Somerset Police?

Avon and Somerset Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.

If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Avon and Somerset is the force for you.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.

All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Flexible working

All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.

Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Vetting and safeguarding

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

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