A new volunteer police cadet base is set to open in the coming weeks in Bulwell, Nottingham named in memory of murdered teenager Lyrico Steede.
Nottinghamshire Police has been working with Crabtree Farm Community Centre, in Steadfold Close, and the National Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) to provide a new location for a Volunteer Police Cadet Base. The base is for junior volunteer police cadets aged 12 - 15 from Bulwell and the surrounding areas.
On Tuesday 14 May 2019 a recruitment event was held for this new unit. The VPC unit has been named in memory of Lyrico who was stabbed on 13 February 2018 and died 5 days later. The attack happened about half a mile away from the community centre. Attendees at the recruitment event were given information about the VPC with an opportunity to sign up to become a Volunteer Police Cadet.
The expansion of the Nottinghamshire police cadets has been funded by a yearly budget from their Citizens in Policing Department but they have also received additional funding from the National Volunteer Police Cadets via The Youth United Foundation.
Chief Inspector Suk Verma, head of the force's Citizens in Policing Department, said “We want to create a legacy for Lyrico and help people to remember him in a positive way. We want to help young people in the area to become good citizens and to make positive life choices. I am excited for this base, as I believe that it will offer a valuable opportunity for the police and young community to build strong relationships for the future”.
Romel Davis (Volunteer Police Cadet Engagement Officer) said “The positive engagement team within the police have been working with vulnerable young people, of which some will become part of the police cadets. The aim is to encourage young people to follow the right path and inspire them to make good decisions that will help to influence them in the future.
“The tragic death of Lyrico and many others in the last few years can be attributed to many things including young people being misguided. Encouraging young people in the area to join the cadets or visit the recruitment evening we hope will solve some of the local obstacles.”
Mother of Lyrico, Keishaye Steede said “It’s an absolute honour to have The cadet school named in memory of Lyrico. I believe that this is a great start for those young individuals who are looking for change. It’s really a positive movement!”