In the Beginning ……….
On the 6th April 1989, the Barking & Dagenham Volunteer Police Cadets held their first ever cadet meeting at the Adult Training Centre in Gascoigne Rd, Barking. Thirty young people from the borough became the first Police Cadets in North London and we are now proud to say we are the longest running Volunteer Police Cadet unit in the whole of London and in September this year when our numbers swell from 105 at full capacity to 130 we will also become one of the largest units in the capital.
Things have moved on considerably since our launch in 1989, including our meeting place which is now Eastbury School in Barking on Tuesday evenings and Sydney Russell School in Dagenham on Thursday evenings.
To support Vulnerable young people: by including a minimum of 25% cadets from backgrounds vulnerable to crime or social exclusion, making sure we offer opportunities to those who need them the most.
Adding value to Policing in London: involve cadets in supporting operational policing in London, actively listen to and consult with our young people, ensure they are drivers for positive change at every level of our organisation.
Building confidence in Communities: ensure our cadets are representative of London’s diversity, involving them in delivering key messages to all our communities, supporting things that matter to the people of London
Volunteer Police Cadets at Hendon
SO WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY DO?
Volunteer Police Cadets at the Lord Mayors Show
Cadet Connor Green, proud bearer of the Olympic Torch
Cadets on the Duke of Edinburgh expedition
Cadets enjoy water sports in the Peak District
DO YOU HAVE TO WANT TO BE A POLICE OFFICER TO JOIN?
Not necessarily and not all of the police cadets go on to join the Metropolitan Police Service.
However, three or four years of volunteering and commitment to the VPC does look pretty good on a young persons CV regardless of their eventual career choice. It really can be a life changing experience, building self confidence, self discipline, leadership skills and a whole new circle of friends all with a common interest.
The cadets get the opportunity to see and do things that most teenagers, indeed most people, will never have the chance to do. The dedicated staff and officers from Barking & Dagenham Police are committed to developing the young people from the Borough into responsible, confident, community minded and energetic adults with the skills to take them forward into the workplace and become productive and fulfilled members of their community.