Youngsters keen to get a taste of what life is like in the police have reached their first milestone.
A passing out parade of Sudbury Police Volunteer Cadets was held to celebrate the successful completion of their initial 12-week involvement with the scheme.
During the parade, held at AFC Sudbury last Tuesday, 17 cadets, aged from 13 to 18, were inspected on their marching and awarded certificates.
Paul Marshall, Deputy Chief Constable of Suffolk Police, said: “I would be proud to be able to call this group of cadets my colleagues.
“This impressive parade was a true testament to the hard work and dedication shown by this group of young people.”
The cadet scheme is designed to give young people the chance to get involved with policing in their area.
Over the last few weeks, the cadets have learnt a variety of skills, including rank structure and the phonetic alphabet.
In the future, they will learn more aspects of policing, such as law, how officers deal with road traffic collisions, basic first aid and stop and search powers.
“The scheme focuses not just on policing as a profession but encourages our cadets to see the importance of their local community,” said Mr Marshall.
Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, said he wanted to increase the number of cadet schemes across the county, of which there are currently five, including in Sudbury.
“In my police and crime plan, I committed my support to the cadets and pledged to expand and improve the scheme,” said Mr Passmore.
“It helps young people become good citizens and develop leadership qualities.”
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