Youth work­place skills

Metro po­lice has added a work­place skills course to its exit strat­egy for young cadets

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER

THE city of Cape Town’s metro po­lice depart­ment has added a work­place skills course to its exit strat­egy for youth cadets, it was an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The Vol­un­teer Youth Cadet Pro­gramme was launched in May 2013 as an off­shoot of the metro po­lice youth camps. The West­ern Cape ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment iden­ti­fied schools to par­tic­i­pate in the camps with a theme of pos­i­tive youth devel­op­ment.

Stu­dents who showed the most im­prove­ment in be­hav­iour and dis­ci­pline af­ter at­tend­ing the camps were se­lected to regis­ter as youth cadets.

The Vol­un­teer Youth Cadet Pro­gramme started with a first in­take of 32 mem­bers and has sub­se­quently grown to nearly 200 cadets. The pro­gramme aimed to help its mem­bers be­come ac­tive com­mu­nity lead­ers by in­still­ing so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and work­ing in part­ner­ship with the metro po­lice depart­ment, and other law en­force­ment agen­cies to fight crime and keep the city safe. Cadets are el­i­gi­ble to wear the uni­form, go out on pub­lic duty (un­der su­per­vi­sion) and re­ceive mem­ber­ship award cer­tifi­cates.

“We wanted to in­stil pos­i­tive val­ues in our cadets so they can be agents of change in their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. The prac­ti­cal el­e­ments that we’ve started in­tro­duc­ing are driver train­ing, ac­cess to bur­saries and other devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties are meant to re­ward our cadets for their com­mit­ment but also to en­sure sus­tain­able out­comes from their in­volve­ment,’’ the city’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for safety and se­cu­rity and so­cial ser­vices, JP Smith said.

In the next chap­ter of the cadet exit strat­egy a group of 18 cadets will be­come the first to un­dergo the work­place skills train­ing. For 18 months they will re­ceive in­struc­tion on a num­ber of as­pects in­clud­ing peace of­fi­cer and traf­fic war­den train­ing,

Ethics, fire fight­ing, First Aid and phys­i­cal fit­ness in­struc­tion as well as a prac­ti­cal work com­po­nent that will in­clude de­ploy­ment with the law en­force­ment depart­ment’s neigh­bour­hood safety teams, as­sist­ing as coaches for the Youth Cadet Pro­gramme and work­ing with in­struc­tors to im­ple­ment the phys­i­cal fit­ness base­line as­sess­ment within the city’s safety and se­cu­rity direc­torate.

“This op­por­tu­nity will im­prove the el­i­gi­bil­ity of those cadets who may want to ap­ply for po­si­tions within the safety and se­cu­rity direc­torate in fu­ture,” Smith said. “My hope is that they con­tinue to thrive and re­main role mod­els.”

TRAIN­ING: Can­di­dates in the Cape Town metro po­lice cadet pro­gramme.

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