In July, Nottinghamshire Police’s Citizens in Policing Department have opened two new Junior Cadet bases in the Bulwell and Sherwood areas of Nottingham.
The cadets, aged 11-16, come together on a weekly basis to learn about policing, improve interpersonal skills and make new friends. Already, during the trial period, the bases have covered sports, communication, team building and personal safety, supported by their Cadet Leaders.
The aim of the Junior Cadet Programme is to build trust and confidence in young people as well as providing them with skills and opportunities to succeed.
The two bases will commence the Volunteer Police Cadet Programme from September, which will see them cover a variety of policing and skills based topics.
The force’s Cadets Coordinator, Charlie Flatters said: “Our new Junior Cadet bases in both Bulwell and Sherwood are a great example of us working hard to build relationships with the young people in our diverse communities.
“After visiting both the bases in their first few weeks it’s clear to see that the young people are enjoying the imputs and already making great memories, whilst learning skills that will help shape their futures.”
The force’s Volunteer Services Lead, Paula Goodband, added: “We are excited to see our nerw cadets joining our programme, and we hope they enjoy the policing activities and the new friends they will make.
“There will be options to move over to our Senior Cadet Programme when they are 16, which could open doors into University or employment opportunities within the policing family. Welcome to all our new cadets!”
To find out more about Nottinghamshire Police’s Cadet Scheme, visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/volunteer.