TAMWORTH youngsters tried their uniforms on for size at the launch of the fourth Staffordshire Police Cadets unit last week (Thursday 26 March).
The Cadet scheme was a key election pledge for Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis. It aims to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship.
Following the successful launch of a Cadets unit in Stafford, Cannock and Stoke in Trent North around 30 youngsters, aged 14 to 17, and their families attended the opening event for the Tamworth unit yesterday.
Mr Ellis said: “The Staffordshire Police Cadet Service is all about encouraging young people – some from challenging backgrounds – through a positive and vibrant programme.
“The heart of the scheme is to reconnect youngsters more widely with the police service in Staffordshire.
“It isn’t about recruiting police officers – it’s about developing young people and giving them a sense of civic duty, building character and helping them become responsible citizens.
“We’ve had great feedback about the Cadets in other units from members of the public and I’m sure that the Tamworth Cadets will be a big success.”
The new unit will meet every Thursday evening at Tamworth Community Fire Station.
Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: “Cadets take part in lots of different activities and learn more about what police life is like. They get to wear their own police cadet uniform and help keep communities safe and reassured.
“This latest recruitment will mean we have over 100 Staffordshire Police Cadets. When I meet these young people I always sense their pride and enthusiasm at being a Staffordshire Police Cadet. Our Cadets show fantastic dedication and commitment to the scheme and every week they are learning new skills, as well as gaining a real insight into our work.”
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