On Saturday (3 December) eleven of the Hertsmere Volunteer Police Cadets took to the streets of Bushey to provide crime prevention advice ahead of the festive period.
Over four hours, the cadets knocked on and spoke to residents in more than 200 houses, providing top tips on how to keep your home safe. They also signed up 25 residents to OWL and provided seven timer switches.
In preparation for the day the cadets undertook a couple of hours of training on crime prevention where they learnt how to risk assess a property and identify measures to reinforce security.
This event was planned and lead by PCSO and cadet leader Cheryll Lavell and was supported by four other Hertsmere cadet leaders and the local sergeant for Bushey – Sergeant James Hodson.
Events like this enable the cadets to demonstrate what they have learnt during their cadet sessions and also build their confidence when speaking to the public.
The cadet leaders are very proud when they see cadets dressed smartly and representing Hertfordshire Constabulary so well within the community.
Hertsmere Cadets are currently accepting applications to join in September 2023.
The volunteer police cadet scheme is open to anyone aged between 13 and 18 who lives or goes to school in Hertfordshire. As well as learning about police procedures and the law, cadets have the opportunity to work alongside local officers and play a vital role in community events, engaging with members of the public and educating them on crime prevention.
They also take part in social activities, as well as an annual county competition where they can put skills such as stop and search, first aid and dog handling into practice.