Police cadets are already making a difference

Police cadets are already making a difference

HYNDBURN and Ribble Valley’s police cadets have recently been helping out the community, getting involved in events across East Lancashire.

Most recently, the 16 senior cadets aged 16 to18, assisted at ‘Fright Night’ at Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle and also the Rotary Club bonfire and firework display at Accrington Cricket Club, representing Lancashire Constabulary, ushering the crowds and interacting with the public.

Helping towards funding themselves, the team also took part in a sponsored walk on 28 October, walking almost 10 miles to raise in excess of £700. They started at the Nick of Pendle, finishing at Accrington Town Hall, where they were officially thanked by the mayor of Hyndburn, Judith Addison, for their help in the community.

Both the 26 junior cadets aged 13 to 15 and the senior cadets, also got down and dirty when they helped out a local school to build a sensory path for the pupils and teachers to use. The youngsters worked together, digging and moving soil to build the path at All Saints C of E Primary School in Clayton le Moors, with the help of the deputy head Nicola Saporita-Clarke and staff member Gordon Preston.

They are currently arranging to go back to the school in December to finish the project off and to look at new opportunities to help out.

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre who co-ordinates the cadet scheme in Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley said “Our cadets have been involved in some events that have helped out the community and we already have so much more planned for them.

“They seem to be really enjoying themselves, whilst building skills such as team work, people skills and using their own initiative.

“Before Christmas people will see the cadets out and about bag packing at Sainsbury’s in Clitheroe, tree planting at St Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington and there are plans for a potential swimathon.

“We will additionally be collecting money in Oswaldtwistle Mills so if people would like to donate to help us run the cadet scheme, please give what you can. The cadets really do appreciate every penny and will put the money to good use so they can make a difference in their community as well as their own lives, building on and learning new skills that will stay with them.

“If you have an event in your area that you need some assistance with and you think the cadets can help towards, please ring me on 01254 353227.

“Similarly, if there are any local businesses who would like to help towards funding, please get in touch.”

The police cadet scheme is majority self-funded meaning that the cadets have to undertake fundraising activities themselves.

They started their training on Tuesday 10 September but were officially sworn in on Tuesday 22 October 2013.

The scheme aims to provide the teenagers enrolled, who are aged 13 to 18, with the opportunity to develop their personal qualities and skills through a structured programme.

Although they are not able to undertake independent patrols or have any legal powers, the scheme gives them a chance to express their feelings on policing issues and perform tasks including crime prevention initiatives, delivering leaflets, attending local events and helping out with community initiatives.

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