YOUNG Stafford police cadets on a new programme launched by Staffordshire’s police tsar Matthew Ellis welcomed one of the main patrons of their scheme to a training session this week.
The initiative, launched earlier this year to strengthen the links between the police and young people, is mainly funded by local businesses - with no money coming from front line policing – and overseen by deputy police and crime commissioner Sue Arnold.
“Staffordshire Young Police Cadets is engaging young people – some from challenging backgrounds – through a vibrant and positive programme,” said Ms Arnold. “It’s about giving youngsters a sense of civic duty, building character and experience and helping them become responsible citizens.”
Chief executive at Police Mutual, Stephen Mann – whose company was the inaugural patron of the programme paying for uniforms at the Stafford unit – said it was ‘a real privilege’ to see the training session.
“The lasting memory I will have is what a professional and fantastic bunch of young people they are,” he said. “They looked resplendent in their uniforms and are a real credit to themselves and Staffordshire Police.”
Assistant chief constable Julian Blazeby, who also attended the event, said the cadets took part in a variety of activities, learning about the job the police do and ‘help keep communities safe and reassured’.
“This could mean giving out safety advice to local people or helping us to find out about their concerns,” he said. “They also learn more about how we track down criminals, about the gadgets and equipment we use to fight crime and have a go at operational personal safety training.”