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New volunteer police cadet unit opens in Bristol


Volunteer Police Cadets

A new volunteer police cadet unit will open its doors on Wednesday October 16 at the Bristol Brunel Academy in Speedwell.

Twenty-seven young people aged 14 to 17 will parade in uniform for the first time before their family and friends at the event.

It’s the first unit to open in the city since Avon and Somerset Police reintroduced the scheme in 2011.

The new cadets come from across central and eastern Bristol and attend schools and colleges including the City Academy, Fairfield High School, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College and St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School.

They will meet each week during term time at the Bristol Brunel Academy, where they will learn about policing in Bristol and volunteer to help their communities.

After some initial training they will be able to take part in a range of activities and have the chance to patrol with regular officers.

Cadets in other parts of the Avon and Somerset policing area have already been involved in:

  • delivering security advice in shopping centres
  • checking car parks for vehicles which have been left insecure or with valuables on view
  • helping officers engage with young people at events.

The Avon and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadet scheme is run by police officers, police staff and volunteers in their spare time with other costs met through sponsorship.

On Wednesday the young people will be inspected by Bristol Area Commander Chief Superintendent Jon Stratford as well as hearing from Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham.

C/Supt Stratford said: "I'm delighted to be welcoming these young people into the police family. As cadets they will be helping to make Bristol even safer and learning real skills they can put to use whatever they decide to do in the future. In the meantime they'll find out about the many different roles within the police service and we will learn more about the teenagers of today, which I will hope will help us be more responsive to the needs and concerns of young people in Bristol."

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I think launching the cadet scheme in Bristol is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved and to continue to make a valuable contribution to their communities  as well as developing a new set of personal skills that can be used throughout their lifetime.

“Police Cadets have already been rolled out across parts of Avon and Somerset with great success and I have heard from residents that having the cadets in their local area has a positive and direct effect on their community.”

Police in Bristol plan to open two more cadet units in other parts of the city, with places still available for the unit due to be based at Henbury School. Find out more at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/recruitment/PoliceStaffVolunteers/cadets.aspx


Posted on Tuesday 15th October 2013
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