Po­lice cadet scheme wants young peo­ple to help make a dif­fer­ence

Teenagers be­ing of­fered chance to take part in neigh­bour­hood po­lice ini­tia­tives and com­mu­nity projects

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The scheme, which pro­vides young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 13 and 18 with an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their qual­i­ties and skills through a struc­tured pro­gramme, and to en­hance the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the pub­lic and po­lice, was launched dur­ing an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony at The Bea­cons­field School last Thurs­day evening (April 28).

The school will con­tinue to be the fo­cal meet­ing point for the cadets and their cadet lead­ers to meet ev­ery week, staffing lev­els and hol­i­days per­mit­ting.

There are cur­rently 14 cadets and six cadet lead­ers in the unit. How­ever, th­ese num­bers will in­crease over the forth­com­ing weeks and months as the unit can hold a max­i­mum of 25 cadets and the unit is al­ways look­ing for po­ten­tial lead­ers.

As ded­i­cated vol­un­teers want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal com­mu­nity, the cadets in each of the LPAs will take part in neigh­bour­hood polic­ing ini­tia­tives and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and events along­side po­lice of­fi­cers and staff, other vol­un­teers, and part­ner agen­cies.

The cadets will di­rectly su­per­vised cadet lead­ers who be by are made up of of­fi­cers, staff, po­lice sup­port vol­un­teers, PCSOs and mem­bers of the Spe­cial Con­stab­u­lary.

While cadets are not el­i­gi­ble for in­de­pen­dent pa­trols and do not have any le­gal pow­ers, they are able to sup­port tasks such as crime pre­ven­tion ini­tia­tives, mes­sage/leaflet de­liv­ery, test pur­chase op­er­a­tions, part­ner­ship pub­lic safety cam­paigns, and in­volve­ment in non­con­fronta­tional lo­cal events un­der su­per­vi­sion.

They can also be in­volved in events lo­cally such as Re­mem­brance Day pa­rades.

All cadet ac­tiv­i­ties are risk as­sessed to com­ply with health and safety and child pro­tec­tion poli­cies and pro­ce­dures.

The cadets and their lead­ers will meet once a week dur­ing a cho­sen evening in their re­spec­tive LPAs.

The meet­ings will in­clude guest speak­ers or in­put on po­lice re­lated topics as part of an on­go­ing train­ing pro­gramme.

The cadet units will in­volve them­selves in other ac­tiv­i­ties at week­ends and in school hol­i­days, in­clud­ing activity breaks and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

All Thames Val­ley Po­lice cadets will be ed­u­cated and trained in var­i­ous skills to im­prove their con­fi­dence in deal­ing with peo­ple from all walks of life and gen­eral as­pects of life.

A uni­form will be is­sued to the cadets and this will be worn at all meet­ings and suit­able events.

Neigh­bour­hood polic­ing Sgt Melvin Mutch, who has been work­ing be­hind the scenes to set up the scheme and who will con­tinue to over­see it lo­cally, said: “The scheme is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to gain a prac­ti­cal un­der­stand­ing of polic­ing com­bined with vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity.

“I am grate­ful to The Bea­cons­field School for al­low­ing us to hold our meet­ings at their school. Given the scheme is open to young peo­ple across the lo­cal po­lice area; we felt this was a cen­tral point for ev­ery­one to eas­ily ac­cess.

“I would also like to thank Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil for spon­sor­ing the pro­gramme.”

He added: “Al­though our unit is not up and run­ning at full ca­pac­ity as yet, I en­vis­age a lot of in­ter­est from young peo­ple want­ing to join, and we will do our best to ac­com­mo­date those ex­press­ing an in­ter­est to join.

“Our main method of re­cruit­ing cadets is via lo­cal schools and com­mu­nity groups. How­ever, this will oc­ca­sion­ally be backed by some ad­ver­tis­ing.”

Those in­ter­ested in join­ing any of the cadet units in Thames Val­ley can regis­ter their ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est by vis­it­ing www. thames­val­ley.po­lice.uk.

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