East Cambs Cadets need a new leader or they could face closure

East Cambs Cadets need a new leader or they could face closure

East Cambs Cadets need a new leader or they could face closure - Credit: Archant

A police cadet force in East Cambridgeshire could face closure unless they find a new leader.

The East Cambs Cadets have been running for almost three years and now have more than 30 members aged between 13 and 18.

Sergeant Phil Priestley however said: “If we don’t find new volunteers then we will sadly have to question whether we can see the group through into 2019. This is a heart breaking situation for all involved.

“The group is oversubscribed which speaks volumes for the young people who keep coming back each week.”

The cadets meet weekly and learn about a variety of policing activities to gain an overview of the law.

They also volunteer their time in the community supporting local policing teams at public events, delivering crime prevention advice, assisting the public at community events and act as mystery shoppers for age restricted items.

The group are in need of a new leader who is interested in learning new skills as well as more about Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

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PC Emma Wilkinson, who is the principal leader of the cadet group, said: “If you want to be part of something exciting in your community and you can volunteer some of your time then we want to hear from you.

“Being a leader will enable you to have a better understanding of British policing and give you opportunities locally, nationally and even internationally in support of social action.

“There are opportunities to become a leader no matter how many hours a week or month you are able to volunteer and you do not need any qualifications or previous police experience as training will be given.”

At the end of 2017, a plea was put out for volunteers to join the team at Ely police station in a number of roles.

All volunteers are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Those interested in finding out more about possibly joining or leading the East Cambs Cadets should go to Witchford Village College in Ely on Monday February 5 between 6pm and 8pm.

To register your interest email eastcambscadets@cambs.pnn.police.uk