Police dogs, tasering and setting an officer on fire, is all in a days work for volunteer police cadets from the Ely area
PUBLISHED: 14:34 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 15 August 2018
Watching police dogs train and seeing a suspect get tasered were all in a day’s work for volunteer police cadets from East Cambs.
The young people enjoyed an insight into operational planning and police support at the force’s Alconbury Site.
Sergeant Ian Priestley, of East Cambs Police, said: “We were all very grateful to PC Mark Hills who is a nationally respected trainer, coordinator and tactical advisor on these resources.
“He made the time to arrange all this for our Cadets and it was a superb experience for everyone”.
A day’s experience was lined up for the cadets to meet and speak to the dog unit and watch a display of both search and general purpose dogs.
Following this the young people got to watch officer taser training before lunch.
Insp Priestley said: “The excitement continued as a trained officer in flame retardant clothing demonstrated how officers in riot conditions deal with a petrol bomb reception.
“The police drone was then put to flight and officers were able to see the capacities of the new technology, including cameras.
“Before the day was concluded the police search boat was shown to the group and live taser demonstration was performed (on an officer wearing appropriate safety clothing) in a live environment.
“The weather held out very well for the duration, and police dog Max - a seven year old black cocker spaniel search dog - managed to steal everyone’s hearts.”
• Volunteer police cadets are looking to recruit group leaders over the age of 18. If you are interested in getting involved contact police via the Policing in East Cambs Facebook page.