Thames Valley Police Cadets are recruiting new members.
The scheme aims to provide young people between the ages of 13 and 18, from all parts of society, an opportunity to develop their qualities and skills through a structured programme, and to enhance the relationship between the public and police. It is about including teenagers irrespective of their background, financial circumstances or vulnerability to crime or social exclusion.
As dedicated volunteers wanting to make a difference in their local community, the Cadets will take part in neighbourhood policing initiatives and community activities/ events alongside police officers and staff, other volunteers, and partner agencies. The Cadets will be directly supervised by Cadet Leaders who are made up of officers, staff, police support volunteers, PCSOs and members of the Special Constabulary. While Cadets are not eligible for independent patrols and do not have any legal powers, they are able to support tasks such as crime prevention initiatives, message/leaflet delivery, test purchase operations, partnership public safety campaigns, and involvement in non-confrontational local events under supervision. All Cadet activities are risk assessed to comply with Health and Safety and Child Protection policies and procedures.
The Cadets and their leaders will meet once a week. The meetings will include guest speakers or input on police related topics as part of an on-going training programme. As well as these weekly meetings, the Cadet units will involve themselves in other activities at weekends and in school holidays, including activity breaks and national competitions. All Thames Valley Police Cadets will be educated and trained in various skills to improve their confidence in dealing with people from all walks of life and general aspects of life. A standard uniform will be issued to the Cadets and this will be worn at all meetings and suitable events. To join, please register an ‘expression of interest’ by emailing email@example.com. Please include your full name, address, date of birth, contact details, the area of the cadet unit you would like to join, along with a short description of why you are interested in joining.