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Lincolnshire Police hope to find volunteers for cadet units in Spalding and Bourne

The appeal is going out to find volunteers to help lead cadet units in the area.

Lincolnshire Police is hoping to attract volunteers to support the running of its seven cadet corps, which include units based in Spalding and Bourne.

The Volunteer Cadet Corps are aimed at youngsters aged between 13 and 18, who have an interest in policing.

Police cadets at last year's parade.
Police cadets at last year's parade.

Cadets learn about crime prevention along with taking part in mock road traffic offences and attending ceremonies.

Retired Spalding Chief Inspector Jim Tyner is one of the cadet leaders for the Spalding Corps and is hoping to attract additional volunteers.

He said, “Being a cadet leader is so rewarding as it’s helping young people on the first steps of their policing journey.

Police cadets at last year's Remembrance Parade
Police cadets at last year's Remembrance Parade

“The Spalding Corps is very small, but can only grow with the help of more volunteer cadet leaders.

“You don’t need a policing background to be a cadet leader, just a willingness to help young people achieve their best.”

The cadet corps are run by police officers, police staff and police support volunteers, some of whom were themselves former police cadets.

The force has seven volunteer cadet corps around the county based at Lincoln (HQ), Boston, Bourne, Grantham, Louth, Skegness and Spalding.

The force is looking to recruit cadet leaders to support the excellent work being done by existing leaders.

Cadet leaders promote an understanding of policing using different media, ranging from formal lesson plans to project work to practical exercises and role play. For example they take part in stop and search scenarios, mock road traffic offences, Remembrance parades, public engagement, crime prevention, fitness sessions, charity work and Force ceremonies.

Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “In nurturing, supporting and sharing your life experiences with these young people, you also help shape the future of Policing.

“We are immensely proud of our cadets who are a credit to the force and to their generation. However without good leaders, they would not get this unique opportunity to learn and shine.”

The Cadet Corps meet each Wednesday evening for two hours.

The Spalding unit has been running online during lockdown with policing quizzes and guest speakers talking about different aspects of policing.

If you have a few spare hours and are interested in helping out as a Cadet Leader either on a regular or ad hoc basis you can apply now or contact the Volunteers Team: volunteers@lincs.pnn.police.uk

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