Kimberley Police cadets eye future in the force

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A teenage cadet from Kimberley who is on a two-year course en route to becoming a police officer in the future has completed an intensive summer school.

As part of the initiative, the 25 volunteers, including Sam Brown, 17, of Kimberley, took part in a mock trial to teach them about prosecuting and delivering statements to court.

The cadets demonstrated their skills in front of Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, as well as family and friends.

The volunteers, who have already completed half of their two years’ training, were the second and final batch of students to show off their learning at the end of their summer school at the University of Derby.

Sam Brown first decided he wanted to be a policeman at a very young age.

He said: “I was about seven. I’ve always loved the shows on TV, anything about the police, but not the dramas, the real life ones where you see what really happens.”

Sam attends the cadet scheme at the Bestwood Community Centre and he has been given an insight into rapid response, road officers, armed units and canine units among other departments.

“Someone from CID also gave us a lecture on a cold case – a murder from 20 years ago which was never solved, and then as DNA technology developed they were able to revisit it in 2011 and caught the murderer,” added Sam.

His impression of what the police force does and how it works has obviously changed compared to what he sees on TV, but this hasn’t dissuaded him from pursuing it as a career path.

He said: “I’ve seen it from a wider angle, but it’s not changed my view at all and things like the paperwork are just part of the job.

“You also learn about all the background work that goes on, so when you see a chase on TV, it’s not just two officers tearing through the streets of Nottingham, but there are duty inspectors monitoring it for the control room and a number of other people who are all in the car with them.”

Mr Tipping presented the cadets, who are all between the ages of 16 and 18, with their summer school certificates of completion at the University’s main campus in Derby.

The summer school, run by the University of Derby in conjunction with the Nottingham Police cadet scheme, is specifically designed for young people who may later want to join the force.

Mr Tipping said: “The cadets’ enthusiasm and commitment to their training is, I believe, a good indication of the scheme’s ultimate value to the people of Nottinghamshire.”