More than 100 Police Cadets recruited
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner can reveal there
are now more than 100 police cadets in place across the force
The youngsters belong to 5 units. All are under 18 years of
The new cadet scheme, which was an election pledge by the PCC,
began in the autumn of 2017 and has been designed to act as a vital
link between the force and young generations. The cadets take part
in activities such as crime prevention work, community
volunteering, learning about policing and attending large scale
events like Birmingham Pride and Remembrance ceremonies.
The units are based in Birmingham, Sandwell. Dudley and Coventry;
with others expected to be rolled out in future.
Some of the young people may well go on to be police officers,
whilst others will use the scheme to gain vital skills which will
help their future careers.
The cadet initiative was established to provide young people with
a greater sense of community, inclusion and purpose. The aim is to
build self-esteem and develop leadership skills which will set them
up for future employment.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "This was a key promise that I made to the public in my
manifesto and I am delighted we have now recruited more than 100
"It is fantastic to see how quickly the scheme has grown and how
popular it is proving.
"It is now really clear that it is making a real difference to the
lives of more than 100 young people in our region."
Assistant Chief Constable, Sarah Boycott, from West Midlands
Police said: "We are very proud of the success of WMP Cadets since
its relaunch last year.
"Cadet schemes are popular and to already be running successfully
in four areas of the West Midlands is wonderful for the force, the
young cadets and the communities they are a part of.
"They are a key part of increasing our engagement with local
people, while giving us the opportunity to bring police and local
young people closer together.
"We very much look forward to seeing units operating across the
entire force over coming months, building those important