Greater Manchester’s Police Cadet scheme is building safer communities by encouraging building respect, confidence and good citizenship in young people across our region, the Police and Crime Commissioner says.
Tony Lloyd was speaking after agreeing to fund the scheme for the next year, which will allow GMP to continue to recruit young people from across many of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester, providing them with more opportunities and life skills, while improving their knowledge of local policing and community safety.
More than 300 young people between the ages of 13 and 17 participate in the scheme, helping GMP communicate and build effective relationships with people of all ages, from all backgrounds.
The scheme, developed by Sergeant Jane Butler and Youth Strategy Officer PC Andrew Marsden, is aimed at 13- 17 year-olds and provides a programme of weekly cadet nights filled with activity, information and training in the work of the local police. Along with enabling younger members of the community to work more closely with the police, the cadets scheme has also provided employment training and practical advice for many young people from across Greater Manchester.
After agreeing to renew the cadets’ funding for the coming year, Tony said:
“The cadets scheme has been vital in attempting to tackle anti-social behaviour, providing a greater understanding of issues affecting the community for the police, and improving employment opportunities for young people. Through the scheme, Greater Manchester Police are engaging with 300 young people on a weekly basis, helping them to blossom into active members of the community.
“This scheme would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers, who give up hours of their own time each week to work with the young people. They are really helping every one of these cadets – many of whom are from the most deprived parts of Greater Manchester – to become engaged members of society.
“Together with GMP, I want to do as much as possible to raise the self confidence, fitness and qualifications of young people. It’s good for the cadets themselves, but is also of real benefit to society as a whole.” Tony Lloyd
Greater Manchester Police Sergeant Jane Butler, who has worked closely with the cadets since their formation added:
“The aims of the scheme are to promote and encourage practical interest in policing amongst young people and to bridge the gap between them and the police.
“Being in the cadets encourages a spirit of adventure and develops qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
“It gives young people the opportunity to make a difference in their local community and gain a lot of skills that will be transferable not just in the police but other occupations too.”
Take a look at some of our brilliant young cadets at their passing out parades. (Click on any image to view a larger copy.)