Celebration for police cadets

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Young police cadets from Northamptonshire Police have been rewarded for their work and commitment at an end of year ceremony.

The volunteer police cadets scheme was introduced to Northamptonshire Police in June 2011 and the first year’s intake of cadets were recently presented with certificates by Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport.

To celebrate the end of the first year, and to mark their hard work over the past 12 months, each cadet received a certification of attendance and those who completed a substantial number of voluntary hours also received a certificate of appreciation.

The presentation coincided with an induction evening of a new intake of 40 cadets who will begin their training in September.

The scheme, which is organised by Northamptonshire Police employees on a voluntary basis, helps the cadets to gain confidence and develop their interpersonal skills as well as resulting in a recognised qualification. Cadets have completed over 1,000 hours of voluntary work in the community in the past year and all have completed a BTEC Extended Certificate in Public Services in conjunction with Northampton College.

Cadets co-ordinator Yvonne Mason said: “The police cadet scheme has been running for a year now and is an important part of the force’s extended police family network for young people aged between 16 and 19. The presentation was a fantastic opportunity for the cadets to reflect on what they have achieved over the past year and for the new intake of cadets to get a taste of what to expect when they begin their training in September.”

She added: “This first year of cadets in Northamptonshire Police for over 30 years has been an exciting one – from their first duty of taking part in last year’s force open day to travelling to London to represent the force at the Jubilee celebration, as well as taking part in a BBC Three documentary. Feedback from members of the public has been very positive and the cadets provide a great link for Northamptonshire Police to engage with young people.”

More information about the scheme can be found online at: http://www.northants.police.uk/default.aspx?id=7235.