Cadets hit the road to Krefeld for a soapbox derby

This morning (26 August) eight cadets and leaders from Leicestershire Police will be swapping their bacon cobs to schnitzels as they travel to Krefeld, Germany, to take part in their annual soapbox derby.

The soapbox derby is on Sunday 28 August and is a key date in the Krefeld social calendar. The cadets are flying out today to ensure they have time to experience all that our twin-town has to offer, and to give them enough time to decorate their soapbox before Sunday.

During their trip the group will be meeting with the town’s Oberbürgermeister (the town Mayor) and the town’s police force, and are looking forward to learning some German and making new contacts.

PC Simon O’Connell, organiser of the trip, said: “It will be a really good insight into the German culture and policing for the cadets, and I hope that we can make our contact with Krefeld more frequent after the trip.”

The trip follows a challenge set in June 2015 by a visiting youth group from Krefeld, but has only been made possible this year by the City of Leicester European Twinning Association (CLETA) and the International Policing Association (IPA) kindly offering to fund it.

The cadets will be accompanied by cadet leaders Tracy Ward and Sergeant Graham (also Lead Co-ordinator of the Volunteer Police Cadet programme) and PC O’Connell. Representatives from CLETA and the Leicester branch of the IPA will also be attending the trip.

Clive Wood, Chairman of the Leicester branch of the IPA and retired Superintendent, said:

“I am extremely excited to be able to reignite the special connection that we hold with Krefeld, and our friends from their IPA branch. It is great to get the younger generations involved with one of our twin-towns, and I actually commenced my policing journey as a cadet, so I am really pleased to be a part of it.”

Krefeld is located about 16 miles (27km) northwest of Dusseldorf, and is known as ‘The City of Velvet and Silk’ due to its central role in the textile trade. The German town twinned with Leicester in 1969 as an effort to improve relations following World War II, and a relationship lasting over 40 years has followed.

Sergeant Graham said: “I think it will be a fantastic experience for the cadets, and I am very proud to be able to take them there. But if it wasn’t for cadet leaders we wouldn’t be able to run visits like this. We are currently recruiting for 20 more cadet leaders, so please do get in touch if you are interested”.

The cadets will be posting live updates on our Facebook (Leicestershire Police), twitter (@leicscadets) and snapchat account (leicspolice), so please follow them for more information.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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