100 Volunteer Police Cadets join the Kent Police family
More than 100 young people have successfully passed their Kent Police cadet training.
Assistant Chief Constable Tony Blaker and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott congratulated the new cadets from Tonbridge, Canterbury and Medway at a passing out parade held at Kent Police College on Sunday 23 April, 2017.
Newly appointed Cadet Ambassador, Charlotte Evans MBE also attended to congratulate the new recruits. They are now part of a uniformed voluntary organisation supported by the force.
Applications for the Volunteer Police Cadet scheme opened last year for young people aged between 13 to 17-years-old, from all communities across Kent, including those vulnerable to crime and social exclusion. The programme aims to inspire young people whilst promoting a practical understanding of policing.
At the parade on 23 April was Chloe Newbury, 14, of the Tonbridge Cadets unit who said:
Amy Carter, 15, also of the Tonbridge Cadets unit said:
‘I joined up because this was something different available for children my age. I’d always wanted to be a police officer and being a cadet has just made me want to pursue that even more.’
More cadets from Dover, Maidstone and Gravesend are also preparing to complete their training in the next few months. Cadets meet once a week for two to three hours during term time and in addition volunteer three more hours each month to help with a community based project.
‘I’m interested in forensic science and when I heard about the cadets it seemed a good opportunity for me to learn more about it.’
Included in the training programme will be drill, uniform care and maintenance, history and current set up of the police.
Assistant Chief Constable Tony Blaker said:
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott said:
`I am very proud to be able to welcome the cadets to Kent Police. The programme has been very successful in other forces so we have developed our own programme to allow the cadets the opportunity to develop qualifications, enhance their inter-personal skills and confidence, whilst achieving a sense of pride through supporting community policing. Our own Deputy Chief Constable Paul Brandon started his policing career as a cadet so I hope this inspires our new cadets.’
`Today is a momentous day for Kent and Medway and comes at the end of almost a year of hard work. The success of cadet programmes in other force's areas told me that this was something we should be exploring again here in Kent and within weeks of taking office last year I allocated £72,000 of OPCC funding over two years to make it happen.
`I’m delighted to be here today to see these first 100 youngsters celebrate the passing of their initial training and wearing their new uniforms with pride. I met some of them for the first time at my Youth Forum event in December but today I’d like to officially welcome them all to the Kent Police family.
`Some of Kent Police’s current crop of Chief Officers began their policing careers as cadets and I hope some of the boys and girls here today will be inspired to follow that same path in the years to come. Of course, the Volunteer Police Cadet programme is not just about searching for the police officers of tomorrow; it’s equally about building positive community relations and giving opportunities to young people from all backgrounds to positively engage with the police.’