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New recruits for North Yorkshire Police

New recruits for North Yorkshire Police

Published by May Norman at 10:10am 12th December 2019.

New cadets sworn in at Harrogate’s first ever Volunteer Police Cadet Unit

  • 12 young cadets have complete their initial training with North Yorkshire Police.
  • The youngsters were part of Harrogate’s first ever Volunteer Police Cadet Unit.
  • The group will now be expected to volunteer an additional three hours per month to policing activities.

Twelve young people have passed their initial training with North Yorkshire Police.

The youngsters - aged between 14 and 16-years-old - took their cadet oath in front of senior officers, college staff, family, friends and special guests at the ceremony.

It was held at Harrogate College where they met once a week during term time to learn about policing and the law and take part in sports and drill sessions.

North Yorkshire Police cadets
A special ceremony was held at Harrogate College

The passing out ceremony marks the completion of their successful initial training which they began in September.

As fully-fledged Volunteer Police Cadets, they will now be expected to volunteer an additional three hours per month to policing activities to help their local community, such as supporting crime prevention operations and working at local events.

North Yorkshire Police cadets
Deputy Chief Constable Phil Cain congratulated cadets on their success

The passing out ceremony was hosted by Deputy Chief Constable Phil Cain.

He said:

“Our cadets can be extremely proud of what they have achieved so far and I congratulate them on their attestation.

“They can now look forward to being part of the wider policing family where they will become ambassadors for both young people and for North Yorkshire Police. I wish them the very best of luck for the future, and look forward to hearing about their work in their local communities.

“My thanks go to Harrogate College for their continuing support for the project and to our volunteer leaders who give up their own time to support out cadet programme.”

North Yorkshire Police cadets
The cadets celebrating passing out

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, added:

"Big congratulations to this impressive group of young people, who should be very proud to be passing out as police cadets.

“Cadets form an important part of the policing family, not only by the volunteering they will do from now on, but by engaging young people in policing in positive way and showing what a positive difference it can make to a local community.”

Harrogate is the fourth Volunteer Police Cadet unit opened by North Yorkshire Police and follows the opening of the York unit in 2015, Scarborough in 2016 and Catterick in 2017.

The aim of the cadet scheme is to encourage a spirit of adventure, good citizenship and increase self-esteem and confidence. It also helps to promote a practical understanding of policing among young people and aims to inspire them to participate positively in their communities.

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