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POLICE CADETS BUILD COMMUNITY COHESION - GOVERNMENT

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Voluntary police cadets strengthen links between police and local ...
Voluntary police cadets strengthen links between police and local

young people and play an important role in revitalising civil

society, said home office minister John Denham.

Research shows that cadets contribute to the wider police reform

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

self-defence.

'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

community.

'I know of one Haringey police cadet, a former young offender who

through his involvement with the cadets now wants to become a police

officer.

'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.'

Note

A survey in 2001 showed there were about 850 voluntary police

cadets, 11.5% from minority ethnic communities.

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