Applications are invited to join a new police cadet unit in Leek

STAFFORDSHIRE Police are inviting youngsters aged 13-17 from the Staffordshire Moorlands to apply to join their new cadet unit based at Leek Communiuty Fire Station.

It’s a unique volunteering opportunity for up to 30 young people, where they will learn a host of life skills and are encouraged to get involved in a busy programme of local community events with their unit.

All new cadets are expected to commit to attending weekly sessions with their unit every Friday night and are issued with their own uniform.

Staffordshire Cadets are looking for young people who are interested in volunteering in their communities and taking part in an exciting programme of events.

The new cadet unit based in Leek is committed to recruiting 30 per cent of young people with challenging backgrounds.

Staffordshire Police will be hosting a Parents Evening for all young people accepted into to the new unit on March 16 2018 at the Leek fire station on Springfield Road.

The original cadet scheme, for 14 to 17-year-olds, was initiated in 2013 by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis to strengthen links between police and young people and promote good citizenship.

Mr Ellis said: “They’re not training to be police officers, but they are learning the skills they need for their future.

“I’d love to see the new Cadets become a springboard for young people to learn leadership skills, gain confidence and a sense of enhanced civic pride.

“At its heart, I want the scheme to be supported by businesses who also have that sense of civic responsibility as well as wanting to invest in the future of Staffordshire’s young citizens,” he added.

For more information about joining Staffordshire Police cadet scheme visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/cadets or www.facebook.com/StaffsCadets