At cadet meetings we regularly get involved in police workshops and learn information about counter terrorism, gang crime, and much, much more. At times I have been told operational information and come across some as well, which I'm expected to keep to myself and between the Sergeant. There are times when we go out with Police officers and they have thier radios on full blast so you can hear what is going on - the amount of stuff I hear is incredible. We also train and learn police powers as if we're doing an intensive course at Hendon and we regularly take part in various policing activities like events in the local area or city as well as crime prevention, door-to-door, leaflet drops and many other policing events.
My point being that police cadets should have an easier route into the police. No matter how cadets are 'dressed up' we still provide a a service on behalf of the police as volunteers. We still meet up at the station like police officers, we still have briefings like police officers, we still wear the same uniform as some police units and we still take part in policing events. We also spend many hours each week doing extra work with the community and even helping out down the station. We are trusted with keeping codes to the front gate and the inside of the station to ourselves and also not to mention anything about what we do if it has any operation information attached for obvious reasons.
Personally I feel proud to be a cadet as do many of my friends and we always talk about joining the force but get slightly disheartened when we have to go through the same process as people that are applying for thier first bit of police work. We basically cover everything in the recruitment process in role-plays, training and even the PIRT when we are asked to do some simple written reports , reading maps (grid references) and also act as if we were dealing with a real emergency.
I am a bit tired so that's why this is not structured that well - looking forward to a good debate with carty23
Edited by VPCMP, 25 April 2010 - 09:05 PM.