• Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridge

Cambourne Volunteer Police Cadet Unit is recruiting young people now!

February 2nd, 2016

CAMBOURNE Volunteer Police Cadet scheme is open for business and taking on new recruits.

Launching in February, the cadet scheme is aimed at 13 to 18 year-olds and will have a total of 30 members who will meet at the Blue School, in Cambourne, on Tuesday evenings during term time.

Designed to encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship, the scheme inspires young people to participate positively in their communities and promote better understanding of policing amongst their peers.

Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Watson said:

“We are looking for young people who want to learn more about policing: the sessions are always good fun and members get access to all sorts of opportunities, from supporting police teams at public events to carrying out mystery shopper activities for age-restricted items.”

The volunteers follow an intensive 13-week induction programme which prepares them to support community safety within their local communities. Topics covered include crime prevention, local policing and being a good citizen. The activities can also count towards the Princes Trust/Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes.

Introducing a Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme in Cambridgeshire was a high priority for Sir Graham Bright when he became Commissioner in 2012.

And since those early days, the scheme has attracted more and more young people who want to do their bit to keep their communities safe. Units are now established in Peterborough, in partnership with the Thomas Deacon Academy, Soham (affiliated to Soham Village College) and two units in Wisbech, one of which is affiliated with Meadowgate School. Plans are also under development for a new unit in Cambridge also due to launch in February and applicants for the city based programme are also encouraged to get in touch.

Sir Graham added:

“Speaking to these young people I know they have learnt a lot about themselves, about policing and about the local community. It only takes the actions of a small number of young people to make a difference and instigate positive changes. I’m confident that together we will transform many more young people’s lives through this innovative scheme.”

For more information contact Hannah Watson, email: cadets@cambs.pnn.police.uk, tel: 01954 713911 or visit: http://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/cadets/

 

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