Cadets In Town Parade
Friday 4th December 2015 13:54 Dukinfield News Posted by Lee Wild

Proud families, friends and dignitaries gathered to mark the passing out parade of the Hyde and Ashton Volunteer Police Cadet units at Dukinfield Town Hall recently.

Special guests included Superintendent Donna Allen, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle and the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Vincent Ricci.

They inspected the marching and awarded certificates to mark the cadets’ achievement of successfully completing an initial 10-week development programme.

Greater Manchester Police created their Volunteer Police Cadet scheme for young people in 2012.
The volunteer Police Cadets is a scheme aimed at 13-18 year olds who have an interest in the police, or other public services, or who have a desire to help their local communities through volunteer work.

The scheme’s four aims are:-
• Promote a practical understanding of policing among all young people.
• Encourage a spirit of adventure; develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
• Support local policing priorities through volunteering.
• Inspire young people to participate positively in their communities.

This is achieved through classroom-based activity, practical exercises, sport and working within the community to assist the police in specific operations. Cadets will also be encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Janet Gould, Cadet Team Leader, said: “We meet, in general, on a Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm at a number of locations across Greater Manchester.

“The first hour is in the class looking at law, procedure and social matters with the second half of the session dedicated to Drill and Sport.

“We also regularly engage with local communities at events and also assist the police with crime reduction activity like leaflet drops.

“We also visit other GMP units such as the Mounted unit (horses) and the Air Support unit to see the helicopter.”

Volunteers have to apply stating their reason for wanting to be part of the scheme.
If you would like to become a Voluntary Police Cadet you can contact cadet team leader Janet Gould at [email protected]