Many of our cadets took to new heights last week during their summer residential.
Our police cadets work hard across the year by taking part in events, learning about the police and by helping our local policing teams with awareness and community engagement.
To celebrate all they achieved, our cadet leaders planned and delivered their own summer residential, based here in Derbyshire.
During the three days, the cadets were put through their paces and pushed out of their normal comfort zones to develop their talents and skills.
On the first day they went weaselling, climbing, and abseiling at Black Rocks near Matlock, where they were tasked to squeeze through the rocks and climb out the other side. They also scaled the side of the rocks, reaching tremendous heights to try and touch the top ledge. The final test of courage was then to abseil down the largest face of the rock, dropping off a ledge where they couldn’t see what was beneath them.
If that didn’t test their nerve, they then went canoeing down the river Derwent, all the way from Darley Bridge to Artists Corner in Matlock. This route took them through rocky rapids, strong currents and plenty of twists and turns. Many of the cadets ended up soggier than planned, with most of the canoes capsizing during the run.
After a few days of cooking for themselves and supporting each other through the activities, the group were rewarded with a trip to Alton Towers, providing a final adrenaline rush. The action-packed three days certainly left the group ready for some rest once they got home.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be welcoming new cadets to our three groups across Derbyshire. With plenty more adventures lined up, we look forward to seeing what they get up to next.