Around 40 young people joined Commissioner Snowden at Blackburn College’s University Centre, where he also discussed the benefits of being a Cadet and their future career goals in policing, criminal justice, and beyond.
The Blackburn Cadet Unit discussed some of the work they have been doing during their weekly sessions and what they were looking forward to in the months ahead.
Aged between 13 and 18 years old, the Police Cadet Scheme teaches young people a range of skills , and basic knowledge in a variety of policing activities. There are twelve cadet units across Lancashire, based at Colleges across the county.
Andrew Snowden, Lancashire’s Police and Commissioner said:
“It was fantastic to get chance to speak with the young people who are part of the Police Cadets in Blackburn and hear them speak with such enthusiasm about the scheme and what they want to achieve through the experience.
“I often meet police cadets volunteering in different roles supporting Lancashire Constabulary, most recently at the first anniversary event at Lancashire Police Museum in Lancaster, and it was great to answer their questions on what the role of a PCC involves and how I act as the voice of the public.
“The young people taking part, and leaders who deliver the support they need to get the most from being a Cadet, make a difference to their communities with the projects they deliver, whilst also strengthening relationships between the Constabulary and the people that they are there to protect.
Cadet Manager Jenni Watkins said:
“We were delighted that Mr Snowden was able to speak to our cadets in Blackburn, who found the input he provided very engaging and inspiring, and we look forward to welcoming him at other Cadets units across the County.”