Seconds out on a proud day for Cannock cadets and society in general
IT was another case of “advantage society” as a second group of Staffordshire Young Police Cadets passed out with pride at their graduation ceremony.
This time it was the turn of 18 Cannock cadets to be presented with their attestation certificates at the police headquarters’ event in Stafford.
As Staffordshire’s deputy police and crime commissioner, I joined commissioner Matthew Ellis and the county’s assistant chief constable Julian Blazeby to see the 14 to 17-year-olds on the next stage of the service’s journey towards a 180-strong force.
Their graduation came just five months after the unit launched last September, following in the footsteps of the inaugural group from Stafford.
It was also a pleasant duty to present certificates to a police officers in recognition of their volunteer work in helping run the Cannock unit.
While the police officers, Specials and others who act as leaders were buzzing with pride, all of the Cannock youngsters who graduated can also feel a sense of achievement for the effort they’ve put in over the last five months.
It’s wonderful to note that this cadets’ service is all about giving advantages to young people – some from challenging backgrounds -who through a positive and vibrant programme are able to learn how to become responsible citizens.
This is not about youngsters from elite and advantaged backgrounds. It’s about giving young people an opportunity to build character and a sense of civic duty, no matter what their challenges.
The heart of the scheme is to reconnect youngsters more widely with the police service in Staffordshire. It’s about developing young people, building their leadership skills and understanding what it is to be a good citizen.
ACC Blazeby said: “I am very proud of the young people who have joined the Staffordshire Police Cadets units in Stafford and Cannock. The dedication and commitment of those young people gives me confidence in the future.
“Every week they learn new skills and they are already making a fantastic contribution to their communities as well as gaining a real insight into our work.”
People can now donate directly to the Cadets’ service through a simple text message. Using the JustGiving charitable platform, they can make donations of £2, £5, £10 or any other amount by texting ‘CDET17 £2 (or another amount)’ to 70070.
No monies are redirected from frontline policing for the cadets’ scheme, so donations will help pay for uniforms, equipment and transport for the youngsters.
People can also support the cadets through a fundraising concert for the Cadets by the British Police Symphony Orchestra at Lichfield Garrick Theatre on Saturday, April 12 at 7.30pm. For more information visit http://www.lichfieldgarrick.com
Meanwhile, businesses are being invited to become patrons or sponsors to help fund uniforms and equipment for the cadets. In return for becoming a patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities.
- For more details on cadets and the patronage scheme visit http://www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-cadets