Broxbourne and Cheshunt police cadets out in the community
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Last weekend, the Broxbourne and Cheshunt cadet groups were out and about in the local community.
On Saturday (30 September), the cadets split into three teams and went to the Holdbrook estate in Waltham Cross to speak to local residents. They knocked on a number of addresses and encouraged the community to sign up to OWL.
OWL is the online version of Neighbourhood Watch which aims to keep neighbourhoods and communities safer, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and keep residents informed about what’s going on locally. The cadets managed to sign up 31 residents, which is a fantastic result! If you’d like to sign up, visit www.owl.co.uk/herts or download the ‘OWL crime alerts’ app.
A busy day followed on Sunday (1 October), where the group were in Waltham Cross town centre engaging with the public and offering them crime prevention advice and showing children the police van.
The cadets thoroughly enjoyed working with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team who explained to them about their role.
Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Gerald Harrison said: “It was a pleasure to work with the cadets over the weekend. All of them were passionate about learning the importance of community engagement and advising residents about what they can do to prevent them becoming a victim of crime. We received lots of encouraging comments from locals about how great it was to see young people out in the community doing something positive.”
Broxbourne Cadet Leader Bob Cox added: “Joining the cadet group is a great way to learn and participate in a wide variety of activities. You don’t need to have an aspiration to work in the police, just an appetite to try something new! Our group are friendly and welcoming, and we’d like to encourage other young people to join us.
“It’s also a fantastic asset to have on your CV or university application. If you know a young person who is looking for new challenges and experiences, please let them know that we’re recruiting.”