Teenagers to take on policing challenge after joining new cadet programme

Posted on 24th September 2015

A group of teenagers in Chesterfield will be given a hands-on taste of the world of policing as part of a new cadet scheme.

Derbyshire Constabulary’s cadets scheme is open to youngsters aged between 13 and 18.

It aims 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.

For the past few months, the constabulary has been inviting teenagers from across the county to sign up to one of three schemes – in Derby, Glossop and Chesterfield.

The first unit of 25 cadets to take on the challenge will be based at Parkside Community School, in Chesterfield, and start their policing adventure on Thursday, September 24.

Luke Adams is currently a cadet at Derby and said the role was a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved with.

He said: “Some of the things you get to do are fantastic, and they can make a big difference to people.

“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.”

Among the wide variety of activities the cadets will be taking on are test purchases, carrying out speed watches, helping vehicle security patrols, taking part in crowd control training, stewarding at events and hosting youth engagement projects.

They will also be able to work towards their silver Duke of Edinburgh award during their time on the scheme.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “I’m pleased to welcome our new police cadets to the force. We have had a successful cadet scheme in Derby for a number of years which has supported and developed young people who are great ambassadors for the force.

“We are now expanding the scheme across the county and I’m particularly grateful to our partner schools, who are working with us to support the development of the young people who are becoming police cadets.

“The aim of the scheme is to give our cadets the opportunity to give something back to their community while gaining life skills. The cadets will gain an insight into policing and have the opportunity to undertake duties which support local policing as well as taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. I wish all of them well in their new venture.”

For the north of the county, the cadet unit will be based will be Glossopdale School, in Glossop. In Derby and South Derbyshire, they will be based at Landau Forte, in the city centre.

There has been a group of cadets in Derby for several years and that programme’s success has now led to the relaunch of the scheme across the whole county.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “Police cadets are a much appreciated part of our volunteer police family and play a big role in helping to connect young communities with their local police. 

“There are big benefits to the cadets as well, as they become more self-confident and learn valuable leadership skills which stand them in good stead for the future.

“I’m pleased to see the scheme, which has already proved successful in Derby, being expanded across the county giving more people the opportunity to become a police cadet.”

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