The cadets, aged between 14 and 18 years, had twelve scenarios and team building exercises to complete. These included a road traffic collision, a hostage rescue assault course, a 500 metre shield run where the cadets had to run with heavy riot shields wearing a riot helmet, arresting suspects in a mock shoplifting scenario, as well as giving evidence in court in front of real life magistrates and lawyers, who volunteered their time to help the cadets.
They participated in air rifle shooting, a search using dogs to find drugs, radio communications and also handled firearms which they had to break down and rebuild in the fastest time possible. Six fire cadets also ran a fire hose scenario which the police cadets had to use to shoot at targets.
Over 80 volunteers gave up their free time to assist with running the weekend including many of the cadet leaders themselves; undertaking tasks that needed to be completed to make sure that the weekend ran smoothly and also assisting with scenarios.
The cadets were subsequently joined by over 200 family and friends where they paraded and were inspected by Chief Constable, Charlie Hall, Hertfordshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, David Gibson, and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Will Hobhouse Esq. They were also joined by Mayors from the majority of the county's boroughs. This was followed by presentations and awards.
The overall winners were the St Albans Police Cadets, with Hatfield and Hertford coming second and third.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner David Gibson congratulated the cadets and praised them for a splendid display. He said: “Cadets exemplify the key principles of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, which is based on the belief that keeping Hertfordshire safe is everybody’s business and volunteers who are part of schemes like the police cadets are a big part of that.
"Now is a brilliant time for young people to join the scheme because there are great opportunities, such as the young leader role and the cadet to Special Constable fast track route, which currently has its first applicant going through the process in Hertfordshire.”
Chief Constable Charlie Hall added: “The police cadets who attended this weekend should be very proud of themselves. By being put through their paces in testing scenarios, they displayed both mental and physical strengths and acquired great experiences which they can put to use if they wish to pursue a career in the police force or as life skills for the future.
"I am pleased that Hertfordshire is one of the leading counties in the UK, with one of the highest number of police cadets, and I’d encourage anyone who is interested in joining to find out more.”
Deputy Mayor of St Albans City and District, Cllr Jamie Day, praised the drive and commitment shown by the overall winners, the St Albans Cadets. He said: “All the police cadets approached the various testing scenarios with great professionalism. I congratulate them all for rising to the challenge and demonstrating the skills they have learned to help keep the community safe.”
The cadets get involved in summer camps, community events, fitness activities, take part in parades, volunteer in their local community and learn about police procedures and the law throughout the year. Specialist departments such as the tri-force Armed Policing Unit and Dog Unit also give regular talks to the group.