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Date(s) - 03/05/2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sutton Police Station
10 - 21
The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) is a uniformed voluntary youth organisation, supported by the MPS, open to young people aged 10 – 19 from across London’s diverse communities, irrespective of their background or financial circumstances and including those vulnerable to crime or social exclusion.
Police cadets, help and assist in the community by getting involved in stewarding in local events such as career fairs, town shows, carnivals and other local events. We also assist in high profile events such as the London Marathon, Trooping the Colour, Remembrance Day, Charity Events, Film Premieres and Conferences.
We also help crack down on the selling of tobacco, weapons, alcohol, fireworks and other items that are illegally sold to young people. These operations, known as ‘Test Purchase’ are performed by cadets of suitable age along side Trading Standards Officers.
We also help the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams through leaflet drops, crime prevention initiatives, community safety events and street surveys.
Police Cadets are taught basic knowledge in a variety of policing activity. Law for example, definitions of robbery, burglary, theft, public order, Police and Criminal Evidence Act, along with arrest and custody procedures. Also an insight into how to deal with a Road Traffic Collision, first aid, officers safety, conflict management, the caution, stop & search and stop & account establishing the differences between the two. Additionally, about the history of the police.
We have a big interest in team work within the Cadets, which is why we also practice and perfect the discipline of drill. We take pride in our uniform. As cadets we are taught how to be disciplined and independent on how to clean and maintain high standards in uniform. We present ourselves professionally at events and cadet weekly meetings.
We have the opportunity to take part in 4 competitions a year.
- Annual MPS Cadet Competition at Hendon – which consists of police based and physical scenarios.
- Thriftwood – a combination of physical and problem solving activities performed as a group.
- Iron Team – very similar to ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’.
- Spring Competition – which again is a physical and problem solving based competition.
As cadets we also have the opportunity to visit different units in the police service, such as Air Support Unit, the Marine Police, the Mounted Branch (Horses) the Firearms unit, Forensic unit.
We take part in a well known award around the country, which is Duke of Edinburgh Award and have the opportunity to go on expeditions. It enables the young cadets to have a good experience, outside of the inner city and daily life and explore, develop new skills.
Photo credit: Met Police