Posted on 23rd June 2015
Derbyshire Constabulary has thrown open the doors to youngsters aged 13 to 18 who want to join up as cadets for a hands-on insight into policing.
The scheme currently runs in Derby but, due to its success, is now being expanded to cover the whole of Derbyshire.
Its aim is to promote an understanding of policing amongst young people, to encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship, to support local policing priorities through volunteer activities, and to inspire young people to have a positive impact on their communities.
It also aims to provide opportunities for young people who could be described as vulnerable, which might include being a victim of crime, belonging to a minority community, living with a disability, having a challenging family background or coming from a deprived area.
As well as learning the ins and outs of policing, cadets will also be required to volunteer some of their time in the community, tackling tasks set by the force to help address local issues such as vehicle crime and burglary.
A unit of 25 cadets will be based on each policing division and will be closely tied with schools in that area. For the north of the county, the base will be Glossopdale School, in Glossop; in the Chesterfield, Bolsover, Amber Valley and Clay Cross areas, it will be at Parkside Community School in Chesterfield; and in Derby and South Derbyshire, the cadets will be based at Landau Forte, in the city centre.
The youngsters will get involved in a range of policing activities such as vehicle security awareness campaigns, and will regularly head out on the beat with Safer Neighbourhood officers. They will also work towards Duke of Edinburgh awards during their time on the scheme.
Junior cadet Luke Adams said: “It’s always been my dream to be a police officer. Both my grandfather and my great-grandfather were serving police officers and beyond on the cadets scheme means the world to me.
“It allows me to get my foot in the door and see what it’s really about and see if I definitely want to do that as a future career.
“Some of the things you get to do are fantastic, and they can make a big difference to people.”
Sophie Edwards, who is a police cadet leader, said: “If you want to join the police, definitely try and get a spot in the cadets. You’ll learn a lot, it will look good on your CV and it’s really good fun. You’ll enjoy it.
“They’ve been the best two years of my life.”
Anyone who is interested in joining as a police cadet can find a wealth of information at www.derbyshire.police.uk.
You can also contact project co-ordinator PC Laura Robins for an application pack, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.