The Cadet scheme was initiated by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship.

Open to youngsters between 13 and 17 years old, they're not training to be police officers, but they are learning the skills they need for their future.

PCC Matthew Ellis said: "I've heard several stories about how being a Cadet has turned around a young person's life - giving them confidence and a sense of purpose and responsibility.

"The service is all about giving advantages to young people - some from challenging backgrounds - who through a positive and vibrant programme can learn how to become responsible citizens.

"This is about giving young people an opportunity to build character and a sense of civic duty, no matter what their challenges, giving them leadership skills and an understanding of what it is to be a good citizen. I'm really looking forward to welcoming more young people into the service as it continues to spread across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent."

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.

"When I meet these young people I always sense their pride and enthusiasm at being a Staffordshire Police Cadet. Our Cadets show fantastic dedication and commitment to the scheme and every week they are learning new skills, as well as gaining a real insight into our work."

As part of a uniformed and disciplined service, youngsters have become more self-confident and outgoing. Many are benefiting academically and socially as well as reconnecting with local policing teams and local communities.

If you are interested in becoming a Staffordshire Police Cadet or would like more information on volunteering as a leader call 01785 232221 or email

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