Summer activities for Police Cadets kicks off
The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Ashley Bertie, has
spent a morning with West Midlands Police Cadets from across the
force area as they take on new challenges and activities at Ackers
Adventure Centre thanks to an investment from an independent
charity, Building Blocks.
Building Blocks aims to give young people in the West Midlands
access to appropriate and high quality services regardless of
background and give them opportunities to contribute to society.
They have focussed on providing funding for diversionary activities
for young people for almost 20 years
The cadets, from Dudley and Birmingham units, spent the whole
day at the activity centre taking part in activities such as zip
wires and a jungle assault course as they continue to build
confidence and team working skills.
This is just one of the activity days which the Police Cadets
will be taking part in over summer as they build up to a big
policing day later in August where they will be able to meet
different departments and discover more about the work they do as
well as being given some tasks to do. This will be one of the first
times that all of the cadets will have met each other.
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie said:
"Activity days such as this are really important for giving new
experiences to young people and helping them build confidence by
doing things they never would have thought they could.
"There is an important message here as well around diversionary
work. There are not just young Police Cadets at the Ackers centre
but young people from across the region who are taking on new
activities rather than finding themselves with little to do and
being on the streets in their summer holidays."
There are currently five cadet units in the West Midlands, with
plans for more to open in the new academic year.