Youngsters from 16 forces across the UK will undertake a number of physical and mental challenges in a bid to take the top spot at the annual Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) competition, while also learning how to stay safe on the railway.

After winning the 2016 competition, BTP is hosting this year’s competition - called Cadets United - which seeks to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of the many young people attending.

Police cadets are volunteers aged between 13 and 18 who make a commitment to help their communities and gain an understanding of policing. The scheme also encourages those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion to join.

Cadets United will be opened by VPC lead Shaun Sawyer, the Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police, with BTP’s Chief Constable, Paul Crowther, announcing the winning team on Sunday and closing the event.

Mr Crowther said: “We are incredibly proud to be hosting this year’s competition, which sees so many young people from around the UK come together in the spirit of adventure and good citizenship.

"We recognise the cadet scheme provides a valuable opportunity for us to build important relationships with young people who might not have a positive perception of the police, helping us to understand their needs and steer them along the right path where necessary.

“As the national force for the railway, rail education will inevitably play a part in the event and we hope cadets will take these important safety messages back to their communities and warn others their age to stay safe on the tracks this summer.

“But above all, we wish all those coming to have fun celebrating the end of the cadet year as we thank them for their important contribution towards policing during the last year.”