Croydon Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) have come top in a London-wide competition designed to test the youngsters’ policing knowledge, physical skills and team dynamics.
Over 400 teenage cadets – a record number – came from every London borough to compete in a range of scenarios, which included a Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear (CBRN) incident, a road traffic collision, searching of a house, the shield run, gathering evidence and basic drills.
The competition, which took place on Sunday, 8 July, saw Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt presenting the top award to the Croydon cadets. Tower Hamlets and Lewisham cadets were also presented with trophies after they finished in second and third places respectively.
Police Sergeant Luke Entwistle, from the Met’s Youth Strategy team, said: “This year’s competition saw record numbers of cadets from every borough selflessly give up their own time to get involved.
“We are so proud all those who took part, including officers, staff and volunteers who assisted in the smooth running of the competition, despite the blistering hot weather conditions!”
Fareha Miah, an 18-year-old cadet from Tower Hamlets, said: “This is our best ever result and is my last competition before becoming a member of the staff. My time as a cadet has been the happiest time of my life. Coming home with these medals and trophies is the icing on the cake!”
The Volunteer Police Cadet programme helps to make London safer by reducing youth vulnerability to crime through enhancing young people’s ability to make the right choices, contribute and achieve.
It also assists young people in developing positive and proactive contact with the police on their own terms.
To find out more about the Met’s VPC visit: http://content.met.police.uk/Site/cadets