Police search for 100 volunteer cadets to help with community work

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The search is on to recruit 100 volunteer police cadets who can help with work in the community.

The annual process for the service’s newest volunteer police cadets has opened with 100 places available for young people who will be aged either 16 or 17 on September 1, 2014.

An information evening will be held on Friday, February 21 at Beds Police headquarters lecture theatre in Kempston between 7pm and 8.30pm.

Volunteer police cadets help and assist in the community by getting involved in stewarding local events such as fairs, town shows, festivals and other local events.

They also help the local policing teams in crucial public engagement work such as leaflet drops, crime reduction initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.

The scheme aims to give young people a chance to make a positive contribution to their community by taking part in many projects aimed at breaking down barriers between the police, young people and the wider community.

In return cadets are given an opportunity to work towards gaining a BTEC qualification.

Cadets follow a programme to develop their skills, experience a variety of activities, make new friends, improve self-esteem and confidence and achieve a nationally recognised qualification. They are taught basic law gaining an insight into road traffic collisions, first aid, officer safety, conflict management, use of the police caution, and stop and search powers.

The cadets also have the opportunity to visit different departments in the police service, such as the Firearms unit, Roads Policing Unit and Scenes of Crime.

Richard Denton, Children and Young People Development Officer and Schools Co-ordinator at Bedfordshire Police, said: “The purpose of the Bedfordshire Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme is to encourage and support young people from all backgrounds through positive diversionary activities, with the aim of building self-esteem and confidence to help them to reach their full potential.

“We want to promote positive images of young people and the police within the community, serving with pride. Volunteer Police Cadets already make a positive contribution to the society in which they live, helping to build safer and stronger communities through engagement, education and prevention.

“Bedfordshire Police aims to develop each Cadet to maintain his or her volunteering role and support future aspirations. Placing our Cadets at the heart of promoting community safety and crime prevention also encourages young people to act as peer role models, helping them to develop skills and social responsibility.”

There is also an information evening on Wednesday, February 19, 7pm until 8.30pm at Barnfield College, New Bedford Road, Luton.

Anyone interested in more details or applying for the voluntary role plus a link to the online application form should visit www.bedfordshire.police.uk/about_us/careers/police_cadets.aspx