East Cambs Cadets face "heartbreaking" closure unless new leader found

East Cambs Cadets face "heartbreaking" closure unless new leader found

Find a new leader or face closure. That’s the “heartbreaking” message for Police Cadets in East Cambridgeshire.

The hugely popular unit has been running for almost three years, catering for 30 teens, aged between 13 and 18.

The team volunteers in the community, supporting local police, delivering crime prevention advice and acting as mystery shoppers for age restricted items.
But unless the unit can find a new, inspiring leader to help them grow and learn, they may have to close.

Sergeant Phil Priestley said: “The group is oversubscribed which speaks volumes for the young people who keep coming back each week.
“However, 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.”
Principal group leader, PC Emma Wilkinson, said previous police experience and qualifications aren’t necessary as training is given to volunteers. Leaders don’t have to give up much of their time to take up the role.
“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.”
The East Cambs Cadets meet weekly and learn about a variety of policing activities, gaining an overview of the law.
They frequently help the public at community events and deliver crime prevention advice.
All volunteers are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
Those interested in finding out more are invited to go along to Witchford Village College on February 5, between 6pm and 8pm.
To register your interest email eastcambscadets@cambs.pnn.police.uk

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