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West Mercia PCC John Campion, is encouraging young people to join the police cadets.

The scheme which is grant funded by the Commissioner is aimed at giving 16 and 17 year olds the opportunity to help their communities and develop themselves through volunteering, whilst gaining a practical understanding of policing.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “Our cadets are a credit to our communities, providing a valuable contribution to helping others.

I am pleased to support this scheme which benefits the young people who take part, as well as wider society. I’ve seen first hand how the cadets form some great friendships, get a real insight into life in the police and learn some valuable skills which will benefit them in the future. I’d encourage other young people to get involved, and play an important part in helping us to build safer, more secure communities.”

West Mercia Police Chief Superintendent Charlie Hill said “By joining the cadets, young people make a very valuable contribution to our local communities.  The scheme is aimed at giving young people a practical understanding of policing, whilst enabling them to develop their skills and make a difference in their community through a variety of exciting and engaging activities.”

To be eligible to be a cadet, you must be:

  • aged 16.
  • and have finished secondary education and are thus eligible to start that September at a sixth form or other further education college; begin an apprenticeship or seek employment.
  • Young people can remain as cadets for two years.

Meetings will take place every Thursday at the following locations:

  • Herefordshire – Hinton Community Centre
  • North Worcestershire – Redditch Police Station
  • Shropshire – Shrewsbury Police Station
  • South Worcestershire – Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, Worcester
  • Telford & Wrekin – Malinsgate Police Station, Telford

Recruitment for the September 2017 intake of cadets closes on Tuesday 28th February 2017

To apply and for more information visit the West Mercia Police website

Issued: Thursday 9th February 2017