Northern Constabulary seeking cadets to join salaried scheme

Northern Constabulary is set to re-launch its cadet scheme, with spaces for 10 young people from across the Highlands and Islands.

The scheme is being made available to all school leavers between 16 and 17 and a half years of age – the range is set between the above ages as the programme takes a minimum of six months to complete.

Chief Constable Ian Latimer said: “I am delighted to announce that the force is once again making this excellent opportunity available

“There are some real financial pressures on us but it is important to invest in the long term future of Policing in the Highlands and Islands.”

A number of experienced officers began their careers as cadets, including the current deputy chief constable Garry Sutherland.

He said: “I began my own career as a cadet and I can recommend the experience to young people who have an interest in a future career with the police and want to learn more.

“The cadet scheme gives recruits the best possible start to their careers and places them in a strong position to successfully take part in the selection process to eventually become a police constable.”

Cadets will undertake a number of placements within the force operations centre and with specialist police support units such as crime management and community safety.

Recruits will also be subject to regular assessment, on courses and while on placements during the term of their cadetship, which is salaried.

Applicants to be fit and in good general health. Police forces no longer apply a minimum height requirement. Although there is no requirement to be the holder of a full driving licence before joining the cadets, applicants will be required to pass their driving test during it.

They will also be required to sit the police standard entrance test, details of which can be found on


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