Won over, the eight police cadets making their uniformed debut
STANDING smartly to attention – and I don’t just mean the High Sheriff of Staffordshire Susie Lillingston, Staffordshire police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis or myself – here are four youngsters who’ll surely be part of a proud tomorrow’s world.
The quartet were half of a contingent of Staffordshire’s Young Police Cadets carrying out their first official uniformed duties at a high-profile charity event.
The eight cadets attended the High Sheriff’s annual ball at Thorpe Hall, near Tamworth, where they assisted with car parking duties and engaged with guests.
I was more than happy to witness the debut ‘coming out’ ceremony of the volunteers – a force which the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Staffordshire has pioneered.
The cadets’ initiative aims to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship.
It was great to see the cadets out for the first time in uniform. They looked terrific and were a great help to guests.
What’s really nice is local businesses are supporting the scheme, so Staffordshire Young Police Cadets aren’t costing the taxpayer anything.
By being a police cadet, you have the satisfaction of knowing that as a young person you are making a difference to your community and developing yourself for any future career.
I see that this unique group will be lead by peer example with the encouragement of pro-social, rather than anti-social, behaviour.
A video of the cadets in action can be seen at www.facebook.com/StaffsCadets
The first 33 cadets joined in April and are based at police headquarters in Stafford with further units to be rolled out across the county, next up being Stoke-on-Trent.
Two different schemes are being developed for different age groups. Fourteen to 17-year-old boys and girls can join the senior cadets and a junior scheme will cater for 10 to13-year-olds.
Cadets can also work towards Duke of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold awards, having a go at hiking, climbing and orienteering.
For more details about Staffordshire Young Police Cadets visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/cadets