100 young people successfully pass their Kent police cadet training

The first Kent Police Cadets will be proudly wearing their uniforms at a special passing out parade on Sunday, 23 April.

Around 100 young people from across the county have successfully passed their Kent Police cadet training course and will be handed certificates by Assistant Chief Constable Tony Blaker and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott.
The parade will welcome the first Kent Police cadets from Tonbridge, Canterbury and Medway with more cadets from Dover, Maidstone and Gravesend preparing to complete training in the next few months.
The Volunteer Police Cadets scheme was opened in September 2016 and is a uniformed voluntary organisation supported by Kent Police for young people aged 13 to 17-years-old. Young people from across Kent, from all communities, were encouraged to apply and the scheme aims to offer the young cadets the opportunity to develop qualifications, enhance their personal skills and support community policing. Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Evans MBE has recently been appointed an Ambassador for the cadets and will also attend the parade.

Assistant Chief Constable Tony Blaker said: `Many forces across the country offer a Volunteer Police Cadets programme and I whole-heartedly support this in Kent. The programme has been developed to encourage young people to positively interact with their communities to develop skills and improve their understanding of public services.’

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott said: `It’s really important to provide young people from all backgrounds with positive ways to engage with the police, and the success of cadet programmes in other areas told me that this was something we should be exploring here in Kent. Within weeks of taking office I allocated £72,000 of OPCC funding over two years to make it happen.’


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