young people and play an important role in revitalising civil
society, said home office minister John Denham.
agenda - they have a positive impact on their police forces and the
wider community, increase force visibility, teach young people
citizenship skills and are a valuable recruitment pool for forces for
police officers and specials.
John Denham was speaking at the national cadet prize-giving
event, where he announced the publication of a 'top tips' manual
packed with practical advice on setting up, managing and getting the
most from voluntary police cadet units.
The 'top tips' practical guide urges police forces to recognise the
benefits of and properly value their cadet units - with measures such
as offering cadets a recognised qualification, like the BTEC First in
public services. Cadets add value to forces by taking part in crime
prevention initiatives, stewarding of events, community activities
and can help prevent young offending where young offenders join their
local police cadets.
Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe also
attended the national cadets' prize-giving event, and was on hand,
along with John Denham, to meet the cadets, congratulate them on
their achievements and say a big thanks for their hard work and
dedication to their communities.
31 voluntary police cadet units from around the country took part in
the police cadet competition and prize-giving, with events ranging
from maintaining safety in an armed incident scenario to testing
their driving and abseiling skills.
Speaking at the cadets' prize-giving John Denham said:
'Police cadets are young people who volunteer their free time to get
involved in their local communities. I know that cadets can make a
tremendous difference locally, and get involved in a wide variety of
tasks from helping with car-crime initiatives to stewarding big
events like the London marathon, to learning first aid and
'Cadets can send a positive ripple effect through a community,
particularly where they are based in close-knit inner-city areas.
They offer their forces' extra visibility and are a superb way of
building links between the force and hard-to-reach sections of the
'I know of one Haringey police cadet, a former young offender who
through his involvement with the cadets now wants to become a police
'There are so many fine examples of the good work done by police
cadets from crime prevention, like the security marking of mobile
phones, to test purchasing of alcohol and cigarettes, to painting
over graffiti and clearing local streams and ponds for the enjoyment
of all the community.
'This new 'top tips' manual sets out exactly what cadets can offer
forces - I am sure forces will take this opportunity to make the most
of their cadets' skills, enthusiasm and talent.'
Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, said:
'The young people taking part in this competition have given a superb
demonstration of the range of skills and abilities of police cadets
and I hope they found it enjoyable and useful.
'Cadets are a valuable addition to the policing family and it has
been a pleasure to welcome them to Hendon. Judging by the hard work
and commitment that has gone into preparing for this event, the
police service has a sound future and I hope many of them will give
serious thought to joining us as police officers.'
A survey in 2001 showed there were about 850 voluntary police
cadets, 11.5% from minority ethnic communities.