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Runnymede teen steps up to Surrey Police cadet role

Runnymede teen steps up to Surrey Police cadet role

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:02am 2nd April 2017. (Updated at 10:38am 2nd April 2017)

More than 70 teenagers were inducted into Surrey Police as Volunteer Police Cadets on Tuesday.

They attended an Attestation Ceremony where they were officially given the title.

The cadets can now volunteer in helping their local communities and gain knowledge and experience in policing.

Three Surrey schools have been part of the scheme since September, in Epsom and Ewell, Runnymede and Woking.

So what exactly does a police cadet do?

Police cadets are aged between 13 and 17 and are one strand of 'Citizens in Policing'.

They will:

  • Wear a uniform
  • Attend weekly unit meetings
  • Gain knowledge and experience in policing
  • Visit and/or receive inputs from police units
  • Volunteer (after attestation)
  • Develop inter-personal skills and confidence
  • Achieve qualifications (ASDAN; Duke of Edinburgh)
  • Make new friends

Volunteer Cadet Coordinator, Sgt Graham Kerslake told Eagle: "I am immensely proud of the scheme, of being there from the start and now being in the position to expand."

"The leaders are police staff, officers and volunteers who give up their own time to run the sessions for the cadets."

"That positivity coming down from on high really feeds through."

"I get emails and letters from parents of cadets saying what a difference it's making to them."

Runnymede Cadet Unit

Connor Tomlinson was one of the cadets that graduated in Tuesday's ceremony and is part of the Runnymede unit.

He talked to Eagle Radio about what inspired him to become a volunteer police cadet: "Well I've always been interested in police, perhaps as a future career, and I saw the opportunity arise for applications to become police cadets and having been with the army cadets for three years previously, this was something I was quite interested in; and thought it would be a good way of making a positive difference to my community and gain some experience of policing at the same time."

The Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro praised the initiated ceremony and the cadet programme, saying that it opens doors to future prospects for the force.

“The scheme encourages young people from all walks of life, to gain valuable skills in policing as well as inspiring them to engage positively with their communities, all whilst improving their employability."

“Following the decision to re-introduce the cadet scheme, myself and my office were proud to support this by offering funding for both the new cadet uniforms and the dedicated Sergeant post to lead the cadets."

“I am strongly committed to doing all we can to offer young people in Surrey the opportunity to take an interest in their local community and ultimately help open doors to allow them to pursue a future career in policing.”

For those that were interested in applying to become a police cadet, Cadet Tomlinson had this to say: "The one bit of advice I would have to give to anybody is apply. Definitely apply and get involved because the opportunities it will provide you are so immensely different to anything else that you'll ever experience, they're unique to this programme."

"The wide range of experience you can get from policing, to just making new friends, to really making a positive difference to your community."

"Once we've passed our recruit training, we'll be going out into our communities with our local police force to support the surrey police's Neighbourhood Policing objectives; and that really gives you a sense of pride by wearing the uniform and joining this surrey police family."

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a police cadet, you can visit the Volunteer Police Cadet website.

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