11 Mar West Mercia Police Cadets

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Cadets are a family where discipline, friendship and team work are all important. The scheme is designed to provide cadets with the satisfaction of knowing that as a young person they are making a difference to their community and developing themselves for any future career.

Having been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2010, the West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police Cadets scheme has been rolled-out across both forces to cover Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The aim of the scheme is to support bother forces’ strategy of engagement with young people.

The scheme is aimed at 16-17 year olds, offering them an opportunity to gain a practical understanding of policing, develop their spirit of adventure and good citizenship, while supporting their local policing priorities through volunteering, working with partner agencies and positive participation in their communities.

Over the course of their two years as a police cadet, young people will undertake a variety of activities, including self-defence training, marching, fitness, team working, role playing and taking part in team building weekends and outward bounds events. Cadets also gain an insight into police life, through talks by guest speakers from different departments and agencies and by taking part in local community policing events.

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