WMP Cadets are back!
Police cadets will return to the West Midlands this autumn, as
the force relaunches the popular youth scheme.
The voluntary scheme last operated across the region in 1998
but, as part of his police and crime plan, Commissioner David
Jamieson announced last year that they would return as a key link
between the force and the younger generation.
The scheme will initially launch in Birmingham and Sandwell with
other areas of the West Midlands expected to come on board over the
course of the next year.
The scheme will be aligned to local schools, who will play host
to units, with Washwood Heath Academy, Holte School, Shireland
Academy and Holly Lodge Science College the first to welcome WMP
Cadets, after the start of the new school year.
The deadline for the first wave of volunteer applications to be
cadet leaders is Friday 28 July. Colleagues from across the force
are urged to get behind the scheme, by spreading the word in local
communities while offering practical help. We need police officers,
PCSOs, Specials and staff to commit some of their free time every
week, during school term, including the occasional weekend
commitment, as volunteer cadet leaders.
ACC Sarah Boycott, force lead for local policing, said: "There
is huge fondness nationally for cadet schemes and I believe that
previously the force ran a very successful programme, which
directly fed into our PC recruitment.
"We have officers with us now who have enjoyed long and
successful careers with West Midlands Police, having initially
joined as a youngster in the cadets.
"This time, WMP Cadets is a scheme designed to give our young
people a greater sense of community, inclusion and understanding of
who we are.
"It will be wonderful if those who participate are inspired to
join us in the future as a new recruit, but that is not the direct
"We want to better understand and connect with teens living,
working and socialising in our region and for them to engage with
us. Colleagues in the armed forces and other emergency services all
run similar schemes very well and it's fantastic to see we too are
taking the first step."
In time, the force will be opening up for applications to join
WMP Cadets as both a young member and as a volunteer cadet leader.
Every volunteer will have access to a variety of professional
development opportunities and the chance to have a sustained and
positive influence in the lives of our young people. The scheme
will be open to 13 to 17-year-olds and will eventually operate
every week, during term time, across the force with cohorts of up
to thirty cadets per unit.
Each unit will follow a curriculum set by the national body,
Volunteer Police Cadets, alongside force-specific talks, visits and
even deployment at events such as Remembrance Day and Birmingham
Chris Thurley, Assistant Director in the new look People and
Organisation Development (POD) said: "We are very proud to be
relaunching WMP Cadets - something both the force and our
communities have wanted to see return for some time.
"It's great to think that in a matter of weeks we will again
have local teenagers in a West Midlands Police uniform, learning
all about the force and helping them to become rounded, active
citizens of the West Midlands.
"We aim to recruit in areas where intervention would help young
people and support them in wider career opportunities.
"However, the programme will also provide them with a great
insight into the force and could well prove to be a pathway to
joining us as a police officer recruit in the future."
The ethos behind WMP Cadets is to build active young citizens
while providing a platform to engage with younger members of local
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "This was a key
promise that I made to the public in my manifesto and am delighted
that it is launching.
"I have initiated this scheme after numerous young people
approached me to get the cadets up and running again.
"The cadets will make a real difference to the lives of young
people and will enhance the force."
The cadets scheme is one of the key projects being delivered by
the new look People and Organisation Department, created as part of
the WMP2020 modernisation programme for the force.
It doesn't matter where you live or work, volunteer cadet
leaders will be needed throughout the region to get the scheme up
and running, so let us know if you are interested. If you are,
please contact Abigail Simkin, the cadets implementation manager,
at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your location