DPCC Sue Arnold with Cadet Leaders Vicky Montford and Chris Roper along with Cadets from the Stoke North Unit.

Staffordshire Police Cadets found out more about police life when they spent a day at Staffordshire Police Headquarters.

The Cadets from the Stoke North Unit were invited to spend a day at headquarters to experience different aspects of policing. During their visit they spent time in the control room learning about both “999” and “101” calls, met the major investigation team, watched a police dog training session, were shown an armed response vehicle and met Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker as well as having a tour of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

The visit was organised by the OPCC and Sue Arnold, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner accompanied them for the day.

Cadet Josh Morris said:

“The visit was excellent and we all really enjoyed it. I am very grateful to everyone who gave up their time to make us feel part of the policing family.

“The whole day was fantastic but I particularly enjoyed seeing the armed response vehicle and learning how it is used to track criminals.”

Mrs Arnold said:

“It was wonderful to welcome the Cadets to Staffordshire Police Headquarters and for them to experience so many different aspects of policing. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and I was so proud of how the cadets conducted themselves during the visit.

“The Cadet scheme has had a positive influence to the lives of many young people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The Cadet scheme is all about giving advantages to young people through allowing them to gain life skills such as responsibility and discipline.”

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said:

“We were happy to welcome the Cadets to HQ where they could get a good feel for the variety of roles within policing. Experiencing the different areas of the force’s work is vital in building their understanding and knowledge base.”

The Cadet scheme was instigated by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship.

Cadets work towards nationally recognised qualifications in team-working, citizenship and personal skills following a detailed programme that covers every aspect of policing and how they support the police in keeping our communities safe and reassured.