YOUNG police cadets from Stafford led the procession for the formal opening of the High Court term in Stafford last week.
Members of the unit took part in the ceremonial event to signal the start of the Michaelmas term at Stafford Crown Court, with cadet Sam Downing carrying the ceremonial sword alongside the High Sheriff of Staffordshire Susie Lillingston in the procession to the court.
Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said the day was a ‘real showcase’ for the cadet scheme, one of his key election pledges.
“It was absolutely brilliant to see the Police Cadets looking superb in their uniforms and I was really bowled over by the reaction of the public,” said Mr Ellis.
“Staffordshire’s Young Police Cadets Service is all about encouraging young people – some from challenging backgrounds – through a positive and vibrant programme."
“The heart of the scheme is to reconnect youngsters more widely with the police service in Staffordshire.
“It’s about developing young people and giving them a sense of civic duty, building character and helping them become responsible citizens.”