Inspiring leaders sought for second cadet unit

The first volunteer police cadet unit in Dorset has been so popular with the county’s young people that a second unit is already being created.

Now, the call has gone out for volunteers who can inspire young people as leaders of the new unit.

The scheme, set up by Bournemouth’s Bourne Academy, Dorset Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Dorset, took on its first recruits this month, after 13-17-year-olds were invited to come forward to become Dorset Police cadets. 

But so many young people wanted to join that the first group had to be divided into two, creating a second unit being launched in September.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “It’s absolutely fantastic news that this scheme proved so popular we’ve had to set up a second unit, and really proves that there is a demand for this among Dorset’s young people.

“I’m hugely excited that there will shortly be two cadets units in Dorset and I am sure we will once again receive large numbers of applications from enthusiastic volunteers eager to help make a difference to young people’s lives by becoming cadet leaders.”

Both units will be based at Bourne Academy, and anyone wanting to become a cadet leader should apply here by 17 July.

As well as taking part in regular activities, the cadets will also gain a practical understanding of policing and developing their own leadership skills by taking part in community  projects – such as supporting older people to understand cyber crime, fundraising for local charities and assisting with road safety campaigns.

Volunteer leaders will work with the local neighbourhood police team to run the unit, which will also be involved in providing safety and crime prevention advice to the public.

Anyone who wants to apply must be aged 18 or over, have good communication skills and be reliable and self-disciplined, and must be willing to take part in training led by the national Volunteer Police Cadets and Dorset Police.

James Vaughan, Chief Constable of Dorset Police, said: “I’m a great supporter of this initiative to bring young people closer to their local police force.

“I know young people across our communities have a huge amount to offer policing and this is an opportunity to embrace that.”

Mark Avoth, Principal of the Bourne Academy, said: “We are extremely proud to be hosting this new cadet unit at The Bourne Academy and delighted with the response from our local community, requiring a second evening to be introduced.  We look forward to seeing how the young people who take advantage of this scheme will go on to grow as individuals.”

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