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Last month saw thirteen Police Cadets from Wisbech, Cambridge attended the Youth united Awards event at Buckingham Palace to receive an award for their 'community clean up' social action project. They joined other young people to be presented with their award and celebrate the creation of 27,000 new places in uniformed youth groups, delivered through the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund.
HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron and Founder of the Youth United Foundation joined the 300 guests to celebrate the fantastic examples of social action undertaken by uniformed youth groups. His Royal Highness has long championed uniformed youth groups as a way to give young people the chance to do something challenging and rewarding in the service of others.
In continuing support of this the NVPC are pleased to announce that their National Social Action Training is now underway; the NVPC team are now available to deliver a one day training course to help senior cadets (16 to 18yrs) lead social action projects and improve their employability skills.
So far cadets in Durham and Cleveland have completed the training with Hertfordshire and Nottinghamshire following later this month.
We are flexible and can deliver at weekends to maximise the opportunity for cadets to attend.
We are also pleased to announce that the training has also been accredited by ASDAN.
Northumbria Polices first Cadet to Constable
One of Northumbria’s
very first police cadets has gone on to become a PC. Zain Bashir joined
Northumbria Police's first ever cadet scheme back in 2012 as a 14-year-old with
a keen interest in policing.
He spent four years as a police cadet
before joining as a Special Constable, as soon as he was old enough, in 2016.
He has been performing the role of
special constable, based in Newcastle, and as well as being part of the 24/7
response team for the west of Newcastle he took part in policing operations for
Pride, Newcastle Mela and a number of Great North Run events.
While amassing over 600 hours in
volunteering his weekends and evenings as a police officer Zain was also
studying at university full time.
On Thursday, February 2, the
19-year-old was successful in his application to become a Police Constable and
will begin his front line training in March.
Chief Inspector Steve Hails said:
"We couldn't be more proud of Zain and what he has achieved. To see someone
come through the ranks from a 14-year-old cadet to fully warranted police
officer is truly remarkable and we can't wait to have him as part of the team
"He has worked hard over the
years combining studying a full time degree with the role of a special and this
really came through during his application to become a police officer.
"Zain's story really shows how
amazing our police cadets scheme is and is testament to the great job they are
doing with the young people who take part.
"He clearly has a passion for
policing and really excelled as a police cadet and Special Constable, he is a
shining example for anyone who wants to become a police officer and I look
forward to watching him flourish in his new career."
Newcastle 24/7 Inspector Steve Wykes
said: "Zain has been part of my team as a Special Constable for the last
six months and he is one of the most committed, professional and enthusiastic
officers I have had the pleasure of working with. His development from
Cadet to Special was rapid and seamless and I have no doubt he will be equally
successful as he moves into full time policing.
"He has given my team a huge
amount of his time, volunteering nearly every weekend for entire sets of
shifts. He is such a feature that he is seen as a full time team member
by his colleagues and I will be fighting hard to ensure he joins my team full
time after his training."
South Wales Cadets set sail in the Canary Islands
On Monday 28th November, South Wales Police Youth Volunteers Morgan Howells and Joshua Coray set sail aboard The Sail Training Ship Lord Nelson in the Canary Islands, accompanied by cadet leader Sgt Mark John.
The Lord Nelson is owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and is a square rigged, three mastered barque sailing ship. At 55 metres in length the ship has the capacity to accommodate up to 50 crew of all abilities, including up to 8 wheelchair users.
Morgan, Joshua and Mark made up part of the 40 strong crew who set sail from La Palmas, Gran Canaria and travelled in excess of 600 nautical miles, stopping off at the island of La Gomera. Whilst in La Palmas they were given a tour of the island and shown the volcanic devastation site caused in 1971. Whilst aboard Morgan, Joshua and Mark were asked to ‘buddy up’ with a less able member of the crew to assist them with various tasks. They were also part of a 24/7 watch and took turns assisting kitchen staff during meal times.
Cadet leader, Sergeant Mark John said: “The trip was a fantastic opportunity for the Youth Volunteers to display their leadership, communication and social interaction skills.”
“The young people were a real credit to South Wales Police and the Youth Volunteer Scheme, they conducted themselves with the utmost behaviour and professionalism throughout. They have certainly paved the way for future trips to be conducted.”
Ella Gregg presented with Certificate of Recognition
North Hertfordshire cadet, Ella Gregg, was recently presented with a certificate of recognition for her assistance at a road traffic collision.
Ella was on work experience with the local council when they noticed a serious road traffic collision on the road ahead where an elderly lady was trapped inside an upturned vehicle.
Ella approached the scene as the initial police responder arrived and she was quick to offer her assistance. Ella equipped herself with cones and signs from the police vehicle and closed the road to traffic, preserving a potential crime scene. She also helped to divert traffic away from the accident using verbal instructions and clear hand signals.
Ella then remained at the scene until all emergency services had concluded and the road was safe to reopen.
Chief Inspector for North Herts Julie Wheatley said: “This was an excellent example of Ella putting her training and the investment we have made in her into practice. Her involvement cannot be understated; this was a serious road traffic collision which required emergency service attendance. Ella was part of the policing response, excellent work.”
Ella added "I'm really glad that I was able to use the skills I had learnt at cadets and use them efficiently in a real, life-threatening situation. By me taking control of shutting the road and redirecting the traffic, the initial police responder was able to focus on the individual trapped in the car, knowing the surrounding area was now safe. It was an honour to receive the Certificate of Recognition and meet Chief Inspector Julie Wheatley."
Thames Valley cadet is first on scene at RTC
In December 2016, Cadet Charlotte Jones from Thames Valleys Aylesbury unit was on her way to school when she witnessed a road traffic collision. The incident involved a younger student from her school being struck by a car.
Charlotte who was the main witness to the incident, remained calm and called the emergency services whilst reassuring the injured child and applying basic first aid, which she learnt at police cadets. Once the ambulance and police arrived on scene, Charlotte provided her account to officers who were impressed with her actions and composure. Charlotte attributed the skills and confidence associated with being a police cadet — all this despite having an exam to attend that morning.
On behalf of Aylesbury cadet unit, head cadet leader PC Justine Haw said: “The Aylesbury unit has only been running since May 2016 and this is a brilliant example of the dedication shown by on of our cadets to have a positive impact in the local community and put important skills into practice. Cadet Jones has represented Aylesbury Police Cadets fantastically and we are all so proud.”
Charlottes efforts have been highlighted to Aylesbury LPA Commander Superintendent Olly Wright, who has indicated that she may even receive an LPA commanders commendation.