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INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN POLICING?

From Cadet to Special Constable, to Cadet Coordinator - and now full-time police officer

Nottinghamshire Police will soon be seeking to recruit its latest intake of volunteer police Cadets - and now the boss of the force's Cadet programme speaks out about his experiences with the organisation as he encourages those considering a career with the force, to 'do it'.

Special Sergeant Charlie Flatters commenced his journey with Nottinghamshire Police in September 2013 as a budding Cadet, quickly realising an ambition in policing was something he wanted to pursue, and since those distant days, he has gone on to become the force's Cadet Coordinator - responsible for the recruitment, direction and implementation of Nottinghamshire's Cadet Programme.

Following his two year stint as a Cadet with the organisation, Charlie continued to take his role within the force to new heights, signing up to become a volunteer police officer (Special Constable) in 2015, climbing through the ranks to Special Sergeant in 2018 - and now, as he sets his sights on becoming a full-time police officer with the organisation, he hopes others with the desire to become a police officer, follow his steps.

"If you're wanting to learn new skills, make new friends, give back to the community and become part of the Nottinghamshire Police family, I would highly recommend joining the Cadet Programme; it's led me to full-time employment and I've met friends for life." said Charlie.

He continued: "From Cadet to Cadet Leader, and now police staff, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Cadet.

"I thought I knew a lot about policing before I joined, but being a Cadet opened my eyes to all the aspects I wasn't aware of."

The 22-year-old has recently received news of his successes in becoming a full-time police officer with the force - a long term ambition of his, which he hopes will see him contribute decades towards modern day policing.

Charlie, who also studied a degree in Criminology whilst performing his role as a Special Constable with the force, finished by saying: "From policing knowledge, to community engagement and career skills, the Police Cadets is for anyone who wants to find out what a job in policing is really like."

Based at stations across the force, Cadets meet once per week and take part in various policing-related activities including first aid, policing operations and community projects.

Cadets in Nottinghamshire also work toward attaining a Foundation in Policing qualification - a nationally recognised award which can provide pathways into policing.

In October 2016, Cadets in Nottinghamshire were the first in the nation to take part in routine traffic operations, seeing them operate the Force's speed enforcement equipment under the supervision of Police and Special Constables.

Senior Cadet (year 11's) recruitment opens Saturday 1 February 2020.

Find out more about the role on our website.
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