New Leicestershire Police cadet programme launches next week

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More than 200 young people are expected to join Leicestershire Police next week, when the first cadet unit.

On Monday Loughborough College will host the new Leicestershire Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) Programme with a team of cadet leaders, delivering training sessions to young people.

Teenages aged between 13 and 18 years are expected to attend the events where they will learn more about policing, the role of officers and how they work with the community.

Lead Coordinator for the Leicestershire VPC programme, Sergeant 173 Danny Graham, said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming the new VPCs to the policing family. Everyone who has applied has not only shown an interest in policing but in helping us deliver the service we provide to our communities.”

The VPCs will embark on a 12-week programme where they will complete a range of tasks including mock operations and learn more about the impact of drugs and alcohol and how to identify antisocial behaviour.

As part of the scheme, they will provide vital support to local policing teams from helping with crime prevention initiatives and community safety measures to festivals and other events.

Emma Setchfield, Student Engagement Lead at Loughborough College, the first to host the cadet programme, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the new volunteer police cadet groups for both our college students and for young people in our local community.

“The partnership between Leicestershire Police and Loughborough College began more than three years ago and continues to grow in strength with our students having volunteered more than 2,000 hours to date.

“The volunteer police cadet groups will offer even greater opportunities for our students, as well as for young people outside the college, not only to support our community but also to enhance their future prospects.”

Following the success of pilot programmes launched in Enderby and the east of Leicester last year, units are opening at colleges across the force area including Gateway College, Stevenson College, South Leicester College, Leicester College and Hinckley Academy.

Sergeant Danny Graham added: “It’s great to be able to work with educational bodies and groups, helping to shape the future of the young people of Leicestershire.”

Leicestershire’s volunteer police cadets meet every week and commit to an additional three hours per month to provide support in the community. If you would like the VPCs to support charitable organisations or events, or be involved in social action volunteering, please get in touch by emailing daniel.graham@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk