We have recently been made aware of two investigations currently being overseen by the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) in connection with the actions of police officers and volunteers who supervise the activities of police cadet units. This has also been reported in the news media.
The first point to reinforce is that should you or anyone you know have any concerns about the conduct of adult leaders or supervisors who support police cadet activity, this can be reported to the NSPCC by calling 0800 800 5000, by email to email@example.com or alternatively by contacting the IOPC on 0300 020 0096, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the statement from the National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Police Cadets, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has said, “no young person involved in the police cadets should be subject to abuse of any kind and I urge anyone who has been, or anyone with concerns or information, to report it.”
Although these cases are unrelated and there is no suggestion that this is part of a wider problem, receiving information about two such cases in a relatively short time is a cause for concern. We take any reports of inadequate safeguarding very seriously. In connection with this we have written to all police forces in England and Wales to make them aware of this development and to ensure that their own safeguarding procedures are being consistently and robustly implemented.
Our own safeguarding statement also highlights the importance of providing young people with a safe a secure environment in which to enjoy cadet activities and describes the work we are undertaking with police forces to ensure that our national youth safeguarding standards are of the very highest level.