Posted on 26th October 2016
Chesterfield’s Police Cadets are to help raise awareness of cyber safety with their peers, and help support diversionary activities for young people in the community, following a meeting with local residents last week.
The group of 13 to 18 year olds, who volunteer with Derbyshire Constabulary and have an interest in policing, set up a meeting for the community to share ideas on issues they could tackle.
Police Cadet Emily Plummer chaired the meeting, which was held at Parkside Community School on Thursday, October 20, while fellow cadets helped by giving a presentation about their role, minute taking and answering questions.
Around 20 local residents and community members attended, and made a number of suggestions which were discussed and their priority was selected by a vote.
PCSO Darryl Hegarty of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has been working alongside the Police Cadet group to help them set up the project.
He said: “The meeting was really positive and gave the group a chance to meet local residents and community members. A number of issues were suggested, and following the discussion the audience voted to select the issue they felt would be the most beneficial.
“The cadets will now be developing and implementing a strategy to support diversionary projects for young people in the community, and help raise awareness of internet and social media safety, and sexting as part of the project, which forms part of their Foundation in Policing course.”
They will be reporting back on their progress in a community meeting planned for May 2017.
For more information on the Police Cadet initiative, visit the website www.derbyshire.police.uk or you can follow their work on Twitter: @DerbysCadets.