More than 200 young people are hoping to join Leicestershire Police’s Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) Programme when it expands to include new units opening across the county.
VPCs are young people aged between 13 and 18 who are passionate about adding an extra dimension to their lives. They play a vital role in helping the police deliver and improve the service provided to communities.
Sergeant 173 Danny Graham, Lead Coordinator for the Leicestershire VPC programme, works with a team of Cadet Leaders to deliver the programme. He said: “I am looking forward to seeing the VPC programme grow from strength to strength and will ensure the cadets have a superb policing experience.”
Following the success of the pilot programmes launched in Enderby and the east of Leicester last year, units will be opening across the force area for commencement in September 2015.
The aims of the programme are to promote a practical understanding of policing among all young people as well as to:
• encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship
• support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard
• inspire young people to participate positively in their communities
VPCs are taught basic knowledge in a variety of policing activity. They explore issues around drugs, alcohol and anti-social behaviour and look at specialist police posts, such as those from the dog section.
They help in the community and get involved with anything from local events to festivals and other occasions. They also help the local policing teams by doing leaflet drops, crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.
Nikita Rajput offers her time to the Leicestershire VPC programme every Monday evening during term-time and has a number of responsibilities including ensuring the VPCs in the team are available for duty. She said: “I’ve learnt a number of vital skills during my time as a cadet; from first aid to working effectively in a team. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to do all these things and I know everything I’m learning is making me a better citizen.”
Sergeant Danny Graham added: “We’re privileged to be able to give these young people the chance to better themselves and learn vital life skills. Being a cadet leader is an opportunity I wouldn’t change for the world.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News