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Volunteer Police Cadets fulfill their pledge to double membership to 10,000 young people

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National Volunteer Police Cadets have succeeded in fulfilling their pledge to double membership of Police Cadets to 10,000 by 2020 after achieving the goal in two years, news welcomed by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.

At the Buckingham Palace launch of the cross party ‘#IWill ‘campaign which aims to get more young people involved in social action, the National Volunteer Police Cadets (National VPC) pledged to support Police forces to double the membership to 10,000 by 2020. 

The National VPC Team are pleased to announce that, with the support of Police Forces and grants from the Youth United Foundation this challenging pledge has been achieved in just over two years.

In Avon and Somerset there are nine Volunteer Police Cadet units located across the force area and PCC Sue Mountstevens has helped launch units across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and Somerset. 

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Volunteer Police Cadet schemes have been rolled out across 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.

“As well as portraying young people as positive role models, becoming a cadet offers a great opportunity to see first-hand what a career in the police service might be like.  Cadets that I have spoken to also tell me about the value they feel from being part of the scheme.”

In 2014, the PCC awarded Volunteer Police Cadets from Taunton and Street ‘Pride Awards’ for their invaluable assistance during the Somerset floods.  The Cadets have also been recognised in the annual Neighbourhood Policing Awards honored with their own category.

Sue continued: “The work the Cadets do is a shining example of the positive impact young people can have in their communities.  For young people who are representing the policing service I feel incredibly proud of their tenacity, enthusiasm and maturity in supporting the wider Avon and Somerset policing teams in keeping local communities feeling safe.”

One of the key aims of the VPC programme is to involve a diverse group of young people and membership across the country stands at 32% of the cadets from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Each Cadet unit is also expected to have at least 25% of their members from crime-vulnerable backgrounds, who with the support of peer role models develop positive lifestyles.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, the National Police Chief Council lead said ‘As we see this amazing growth in Volunteer Police Cadet numbers across the country, I am confident that for the first time, the UK Police have a recognised and consistent programme of Volunteer Police Cadets.’

Ed Sherry, the National VPC Programme Director said ‘This expansion of cadet numbers has been overseen by a small dedicated National team supported by grants from the Youth United Foundation. We believe that with the correct infrastructure, membership could increase to 28,000 cadets. As each cadet is expected to volunteer 3 hours every month, it would see the young people volunteering over 1 million hours every year in support of their communities‘.

To find out more about the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme in Avon and Somerset or to apply visit - www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/about-us/recruitment/police-cadets

Posted on Friday 12th February 2016
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