The latest intake of cadets will be welcomed to the police family by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner today.
Jane Kennedy will be introduced to the latest cohort of Volunteer Police Cadets and given the chance to inspect them while they carry out a special, full uniform parade at Merseyside Police Headquarters at Canning Place on Saturday.
Following the inspection, the cadets will have the opportunity to interview a number of retired police officers who will share their experiences to give the young people an insight into how policing has changed over the decades.
Merseyside Police’s Volunteer Cadet scheme provides an opportunity for young people aged 16 - 18 to get involved with Merseyside Police and learn more about the police service, with visits to different departments, including the dogs and mounted sections, firearms, forensics and public order training. It also gives the cadets the opportunity to get involved with fundraising events, local problem solving exercises, high-profile events and team building exercises.
A total of 78 cadets are taking part in this year’s scheme, which got underway in April and will finish next March at a presentation ceremony attended by Chief Officers and the young people’s families and friends.
Jane said: “These fantastic young people are giving up their free time to provide an invaluable service to their communities and gain vital new skills. They are an important part of the police family and I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet them to celebrate their contribution.
“Merseyside’s police cadet scheme helps to instil discipline and self-reliance, encouraging young people to get involved in positive initiatives and projects that in the long term could help them get on the career ladder.
“Merseyside Police’s previous Chief Constable, Sir Jon Murphy, started out as a cadet and went on to become one of the most respected police officers in the country. I hope this programme may also be the start of a long and successful career in the police for some of these young people.”
Through the scheme, the cadets have already volunteered at community fairs and charity events, tried their hand at dragon boating on Liverpool waterfront and completed first aid programmes. They have also had the opportunity to learn about a range of topics including crime prevention, hate crime, hostage negotiation and counter terrorism programmes and been given bespoke first aid training by the North West Ambulance Service. Other subjects covered in their training includes forensics, roads policing and substance abuse.
It is estimated that, by volunteering more than 1,000 hours, cadets have saved the service around £14,000.
Find out more about the Merseyside Police cadet scheme here.