The Mini Police Cadet Programme is available for 12 students aged between 8-11, however the Temple Hill Primary students were from year 6 and one from year 5 due to COVID restrictions.
The programme was designed to deliver a variety of topics in Policing including, ice breakers, online safety, road safety, how to contact the emergency services, writing in a Pocket Note Book, which all officers carry out in their job role and more. Mini Police Cadets are part of the National Volunteer Police Cadets and it has been delivered by other forces, however, this is the first ever Mini Cadets programme within Kent.
The Mini Police Cadets have taken part in Sports/Team building and Drill. Learned about the ranks in policing and other roles within Kent Police. The had the opportunity to meet local PCSO’s and ask questions about policing and a day in the life of a Police Officer/PCSO which they thoroughly enjoyed.
They have completed a Mini Medics course and all passed with flying colours so now know how to deliver CPR and place someone into the recovery position as well as treating minor injuries.
They created a notice board within the school to deliver online safety and road safety messages to other students, which then led onto their Social Action Event which was speaking with members of the public outside of their school about road safety and give drivers marks out of 10 also. This was very well received and the school fed back that the event was a huge success and road users were respectful and calm on the day.
There has been an opportunity for the Mini Police Cadets to vote for their peers to become Mini Police Cadet Sergeant and as such Cadet Childs was successful, receiving a certificate for this promotion. In addition to this Cadet Jeevarasa has also been promoted to Cadet Sgt as he had demonstrated confidence in delivering the drill commands, helped his fellow cadets with tasks and is well respected also. Huge congratulations to both these cadets.
The latest session, entailed a visit to Bluewater Police Station then onto the Kent Police Engagement Centre at Bluewater to learn more about Crime Prevention and keeping safe. The Cadets thoroughly enjoyed this day and all were fully immersed into the experience, especially getting shut into a police cell for a moment or 2.