Shortly after his election in 2016, the PCC pledged £72,000 over two years to fund the creation of a Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) scheme in Kent.

The VPC is a uniformed voluntary organisation welcoming applications from young people aged 13 to 17-years-old. Teenagers from all communities, irrespective of their backgrounds, financial circumstances and including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion were encouraged to apply to sign-up.

The first 100 Cadets passed out at Kent Police College in front of family and friends in spring 2017. Initially the scheme was launched in Medway, Tonbridge and Canterbury - but it has since expanded and grown to the point that there are now more than 400 cadets located across the county with a registered waiting list in excess of 500 more.

In 2018/19, the PCC invested a further £40,000 from his commissioning budget into the scheme. This support has continued with a further £40,000 allocated for 2019/20, and again in 2020/21.

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