Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service celebrate official partnership within the Cadet Scheme.
On Wednesday 6th November, both Cadet portfolio leads, Superintendent Suk Verma from Nottinghamshire Police and Area Manager Damien West marked the official Cadet scheme partnership between the organisations at Highfields Fire Station.
Back in May this year a trial collaboration between the services saw the first joint Fire and Police cadet begin its journey. The joint Cadet Unit now forms a wider part of Nottinghamshire Polices Senior Cadet Scheme and sees young people aged 11-18 take part in weekly sessions delivered by both organisations. The Cadets will also work to achieve a Foundation in Policing Qualification, delivered in partnership with the University of Derby.
The aims of the Cadet collaboration are to encourage under-represented groups to take part in Police and Fire activities with the possibility of future recruitment opportunities, to increase the understanding of the part both organisations play in creating safer co-mmunities and to create ambassadors within Nottinghamshire to promote safety and good citizenship within their communities.
Nottinghamshire Police Citizens in Policing lead, Superintendent Suk Verma said; “we are extremely proud to be in collaboration with the fire service in respect of the cadet scheme. To work together on a grass roots programme, shows that we care passionately about local youth provision, and helping develop good citizens. Having both the police and fire working hand in hand, provides the cadets a great opportunity to see the intrinsic working of both emergency services, and hopefully this will inspire some stars for the future. Furthermore, with the great success of this base, we are committed to rolling this out into other areas of Nottinghamshire”
“Damien West, Area Manager for Prevention, Protection and Partnerships added: “We are really proud to be able to support young people in Nottinghamshire as they grow into becoming ambassadors and role models across the county. By becoming cadets, they will play an important part in creating safer communities as they promote good citizenship and safety; with their peers, families and communities.
“Throughout the trial period, we have seen engaged and motivated young people who are positively immersing themselves by learning about both organisations.
“Whether these young people seek a career in one of our organisations in the future, or if they just want to develop themselves and learn new skills with great experiences, we welcome them enthusiastically and look forward to expanding our joint cadet programme over coming years”.
It is hoped that after a successful trial period that collaboration between Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service will continue to develop. To find out more about Cadets within Nottinghamshire visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/cadets.