THE Dyfed-Powys Police headquarters was the venue for the passing out parade for a large number of police cadets on Wednesday (Feb 28).
It was a moment to remember for the young men and women following the completion of a course which gave a unique insight into how the Police Service works. They learned all about police powers and procedures, took part in projects such as the road safety campaign and assisted local policing teams on improving the service provided to the community.
The cadets aim to volunteer an average of three hours per month working in their communities on crime prevention and social action projects but also attend weekly meetings.
Chief Constable Mark Collins presented the cadets with their certificates and berets. It was a proud moment for the cadets and their family members who were in the audience.
After the service there was a photo opportunity and a buffet.
Addressing the cadets, leaders and their families, Mr Collins said: “I am very proud to see this group of volunteer police cadets join the police family this evening. We hope to see you develop and grow within your roles, and I look forward to seeing your names on applications for the Special Constabulary, PCs and PCSOs in the coming years.
“The volunteer police cadet scheme offers so much benefit for young people – especially for those who might have been at risk of choosing the wrong path in life – and I’m sure you have gained a huge number of life skills so far.
“By volunteering your time to the scheme, you will not only make a difference to your own lives, but to the community you live in.”
The 2017 intake of cadets took part in the Ammanford Remembrance Day parade, helped some of the most vulnerable in their community during the Dyfed-Powys Police Christmas campaign, Operation Santa, and have had inputs from various sections of the force. They will also have the opportunity to put their fitness and determination to the test by taking part in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
Although becoming a cadet does not guarantee a career within the police, it gives young people hoping to apply a unique insight into the world of policing.
Sergeant Kerry Scoberg, of Ammanford Police Station, said: “Our aim is that they stay within the police family. One of our original members has finished her time with the cadets and has become a leader – she is now applying to become a Special Constable.
“Cadets know the local issues, and very much form part of the decision-making of what we deal with within the community, and are a conduit to making people feel safe in the community.”
Speaking after the ceremony Lord Lieutenant Cadet Ffion Jenkins said: ”All my friends applied to become a cadet, so I decided to apply. It is something I have really enjoyed.
”We have learned a number of skills including communication and team building.
”As the Lord Lieutenant Cadet, I’ve met the Prince Of Wales which has helped me conduct myself and be professional.
”I would encourage other young people who are thinking of joining to try. We do a lot of work for the community and it makes you feel part of a family.”
Cadet Megan Young added ”I recommend joining the cadets to anyone, it is a brilliant scheme and will help you with every aspect of your life.”
The force is currently recruiting for the next intake of cadets, who will start in September 2018. Cadets must be 18 years old, and although they do not need to be from Ammanford, they must be able to travel to the town for weekly meetings.
Adult cadet leaders are also needed. If you believe you could help to lead the group, please contact PC Huw Freeman on firstname.lastname@example.org.