EPUTY Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) for Staffordshire Sue Arnold saw first-hand new life-skills training police cadets in Tamworth are benefiting from.
The ‘soft skills’ training was instigated by the DPCC and includes teaching the cadets how to deal with difficult situations, tips on CV writing and interview skills and personal financial management.
The Staffordshire Police Cadet Service was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship. Successful Cadet units have been launched in Stafford, Cannock, Burslem, Tamworth and Longton.
Mrs Arnold said: “The Staffordshire Police Cadet Service is all about encouraging young people – some from challenging backgrounds – through a positive and vibrant programme. I was thrilled and extremely proud to see the progress the Tamworth unit have made personally since my last visit.
“The Cadet scheme has had a positive influence to the lives of many young people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The Cadet scheme is all about giving advantages to young people through allowing them to gain life skills such as responsibility and discipline.”
The Commissioner has stated that he will not redirect money that’s used for frontline policing to fund the Cadets Service. Businesses are being invited to become Patrons to help fund uniforms and equipment for the Cadets. In return for becoming a Patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities.
For more details on Cadets and the patronage scheme visit www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-cadets