Posted on 2nd October 2015
Three new cadet schemes have been launched in Derbyshire to offer teenagers an exclusive insight into modern policing.
Young people aged 13 to 18 were invited to join schemes in Glossop, Chesterfield and Derby over the past few months.
Each unit includes 25 teenagers, all of whom will have the chance to take part in a wide range of policing activities such as test purchases at pubs, crowd control training, vehicle security patrols and speed watches.
They will also get a glimpse of the constabulary’s dog section and task force unit, and will be able to work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award during their time as cadets.
The Chesterfield group started last week, while the Derby and Glossop groups launched on the evening of Thursday, October 1.
There has been a cadet cohort in Derby for several years but this is the first time it has been opened up to children aged as young as 13.
Luke Adams is a senior cadet at Derby and said the programme offered a fascinating insight into policing.
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.”
The cadet programme 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 from a wide variety of backgrounds, including those who have been victims of crime, belong to a minority community, live with a disability, have a challenging family background or come from a deprived area.
The Derby group is based at Landau Forte, in the city centre; the Chesterfield group is located at Parkside Community School; and the Glossop cadets are at Glossopdale School.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “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.”
Derbyshire’s 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.”
To find out more about the scheme, visit www.derbyshire.police.uk