50 new police cadets for LANCASHIRE Constabulary

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LANCASHIRE Constabulary has recruited 50 new police cadets to work within the South Ribble and Chorley communities.

The cadet scheme provides teenagers, who are aged 13 to 18, with the opportunity to develop their personal qualities and skills through a structured programme.

The first intake started last week and consisted of 50 cadets – 25 juniors and 25 seniors operating in partnership with Runshaw College.

Sgt Al McMiken from the Southern Early Action Team who is coordinating the cadet scheme across South Ribble and Chorley says: “Training is already underway. The cadets will take part in a six week induction programme which will focus on drill practice and classroom activities, where they will learn about the wider police family, what they do within the community, who they engage with and the various aspects of policing.

“It’s already been great working with youngsters who really want to make a difference to their community as well as their own lives, building on and learning new skills that will stay with them.

“We are looking forward to working with them and hope that this will give them something positive to do as well as assisting them with their future career prospects.”

The cadets wear a uniform and are expected to carry out volunteering work in the local community once they have passed their training.

Whilst on the course they will cover a wide range of information including the phonetic alphabet, DNA and fingerprints, fundraising, environmental and health projects, the history of the police and first aid. They will also undertake a fitness test.

Although they will not be able to undertake independent patrols or have any legal powers, they will be given a chance to express their feelings on policing issues and perform tasks including crime prevention initiatives, delivering leaflets and attending local events.

The schemes are based at local colleges and are run by a combination of police officers, police staff, special constables and police support volunteers. The cadets will spend up to two hours a week at college as well as additional time in their local communities.

Lancashire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner launched their Citizens in Policing programme last year (2013). The programme focuses on the Special Constabulary, volunteer police cadets, police support volunteers, community volunteers and watch schemes.

It recognises the significant role these groups of volunteers can play in reassuring communities and increasing social responsibility, as well as providing new ways for the police to engage with communities.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “I am delighted so many youngsters are continuing to embrace the opportunity to become cadets in their area.

“Through being a cadet youngsters will get the chance to take on challenges, learn new skills and gain valuable experience.

“They will also play a vital role in engaging young people with the police service, and provide a different kind of policing presence across the county.

“Recruiting cadets is part of the wider Citizens in Policing programme and demonstrates our commitment to growing volunteering in Lancashire and ensuring we have volunteers who represent the residents and communities we serve.”

Three other new schemes have launched in Lancaster/Morecambe and Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale. Two other schemes in Preston and Hyndburn/ Ribble Valley are already underway having launched in September, bringing the current total to seven.

Further information will be available at www.lancashire.police.uk/recruitment/volunteer-police-cadets

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