Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger with the four Cleveland Cadet Groups
PCC Barry Coppinger has praised the work undertaken by Cleveland Police Cadets having completed a tour of all four units across the Cleveland area. Cadet groups exist in each of the area’s four Local Policing Areas - Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton - and provide a range of activities for 14 to 19 year olds from all backgrounds.
The programme aims to increase social responsibility, life skills and employability while strengthening empathy and understanding between the Police and young people.
The groups undertake a wide range of different activities including drill practice, sporting activities, team working and assisting other police departments with activities ranging from leaflet drops to property marking.
The Commissioner visited the cadets as part of his ‘Your Force Your Voice’ initiative which sees him visiting groups across Cleveland to hear their concerns.
Barry Coppinger said: "All too often young people are marginalised in society and often blamed for antisocial behaviour issues. The cadet units are an excellent example of young people working hard for the good of their local community, and really making a positive difference. I’m very proud of the work they undertake and the work of the police officers and PCSOs who give up their own time to run the cadet units."
The Commissioner faced a range of questions from the cadets varying from what he considers to be the most rewarding parts of his role to the difficult decisions he has had to make due to the budget cuts imposed on the police.
The programme relies on a dedicated team of delivery volunteers, many of whom are full time Police Officers and Police staff. Anyone willing to help it’s continuation by volunteering a few hours a month or who would like to find out more about the work of the cadets please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01642 664440.
Posted on Thursday 1st May 2014