Latest news in Yorkshire: April 01, 2019 10:11:37 AM
Calling all 15-17 year olds!
“Leap in; you’ll treasure the experience forever”
As recruitment opens today (1 April) for the South Yorkshire Police
Cadet scheme, one former cadet turned PCSO is encouraging young people
PCSO Abby Grzesiek joined the cadet scheme back in 2013: “I had no idea
about the cadets until I spotted posters up at school, I had thought
about the police as a career but hadn’t given it much thought. I was
encouraged by the Young Person’s Officer at school to give it a go and I
am so happy that I did.”
The cadet programme mixes education with engagement, as a cadet you will
represent the force at community events and participate in a variety of
activities and formal training.
Abby made it through the selection process and she was soon spending
every Wednesday evening with the force: “From day one we were totally
immersed in the world of policing, we had presentations from officers
from right across the force, telling us about crime scenes, response
work, police dog training and what it takes to be a cop. I was
fascinated and so excited to hear stories from long-serving officers.
“It’s not just about being sat in a room listening to people talk
though, you get to join officers for certain jobs and be part of
real-life operations. One thing I remember doing is helping with police
dog training at the train station, I felt so lucky! I also represented
the force at Remembrance Day parades and lots of other events.”
The cadet programme runs until you reach 18, but there is an opportunity
to stay on as a cadet leader, which Abby did: “I didn’t want to leave,
I’d made so many friends and loved the experience so much. People asked
why I was willing to give so much of my time as a volunteer, but it’s
addictive! It became so close to my heart, I wanted to inspire other
“Joining the cadets has also played a big role in my career progression,
I’m now a PCSO! I would say to anyone who is considering applying – just
do it! It’s an experience that you will always hold close to your heart,
whether you join the police after it, or go on to do something else
fantastic, you’ll always remember your time with the force.”
If you’re between 15 and 17 years old and like what you’ve heard about
the South Yorkshire Police cadet scheme, why not apply today?
Applications are open between 1-30 April 2019.
Please note, due to places being limited there is a selection process.
Interviews will be held at the end of May 2019.
The programme starts in September 2019.
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