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Lancashire Police hosts the first ever cadet conference

In July, police cadets from across the Country headed to Lancashire for the first ever National Volunteer Police Cadet Conference.

Over 20 forces from across the Country visited Lancashire Police Headquarters, along with members of their police cadet groups.

During the conferences the cadets got involved in activities such as team building exercises, talks about success and leadership and activities like jujitsu and physical training.

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “We’re really pleased to welcome cadets from 20 forces here to Lancashire, and it’s a great honour for us to be chosen to host the first ever national conference.

“The Constabulary hopes the schemes will help us to better understand and build relationships with young people across Lancashire, provide a different kind of policing presence in towns and villages and encourage a greater sense of social responsibility.

“Volunteer Police Cadet schemes offer benefits for all – for the individual young person, for the local community and for the Constabulary. They are a win-win opportunity at a time when financial constraints can limit developmental work of this kind.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “I am delighted the National Cadet Conference is being held in Lancashire for the first time.

“We hope dozens of youngsters will sign up to the Volunteer Cadet schemes we are launching across Lancashire.

“The Cadets play a vital role in engaging young people with the police service, as well as learning new skills and gaining valuable experience.

“Here in Lancashire we recognise the value of volunteers of all ages to the Constabulary and have recently launched our Citizens in policing drive to encourage more residents to sign up and give their time and skills to help their communities”.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer of Devon and Cornwall Police is the Association of Chief Police Officers lead for the National Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) programme, he said: “I pass on my sincere thanks to the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire for hosting this event. I am excited and optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead. The move to a national VPC model is timely, as it promotes a more sustainable future for cadet units in these difficult financial times.

“For me, success will see young people, from all sections of our communities become proud members of the extended police family aspiring to make their communities safer. The VPC provides a valuable insight into policing and is the visible representation of our commitment to supporting young people”.

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