Canterbury College Public Service students took part in the Kent Police Cadet Scheme’s passing out parade on the 23rd April at the Kent Police Training School in Maidstone. 

The Volunteer Police Cadets programme provides an opportunity for young people aged 13-17 to get involved in activities which support community policing and learn about responsible citizenship.

Students took part in voluntary work with the police in the local community and marched in the parade before moving on to their next phase of training. Family and friends also attended the ceremony to celebrate the Kent Police Cadets. 

At the ceremony, students met key figures and received certificates. Assistant Chief Constable Tony Blaker, and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott, who are involved in the police cadet scheme, congratulated them.

Canterbury College Public Services Lecturer, Emma Smith, said:  “The scheme offers an insight into practical police work, and gives students the opportunity to learn about self-discipline and professional standards in the public sector. The passing out parade was an opportunity for cadets to showcase the skills they have learnt since joining the Kent Police Cadet scheme”. 

BTEC Public Services student, Amy Twler, enjoyed the day. She said: “It was a great experience. We marched, did the drill, and met with the Assistant Chief Principal, Tony Blaker, at Kent Police. I love the course and I’m really excited for the next stage of training”.

Ryan Burgess, who also studies Level 3 BTEC Public Services, added: “It was a proud day for me and my family. I’m now one of the first Kent Police Cadets, which is fantastic as I want to pursue this as a career. I enjoyed meeting the Police Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott. It was a great experience and I’m excited about the next phase”.

ACC Blaker said: "I am very proud to be able to welcome the cadets to Kent Police. We have developed our own programme to allow cadets the opportunity to develop qualifications and enhance their interpersonal skills and confidence, whilst achieving a sense of pride through supporting community policing. Our own Deputy Chief Constable, Paul Brandon, started his policing career as a cadet, so I hope this inspires our new cadets."

Matthew Scott added: "Today is a momentous day for Kent and Medway, and comes at the end of almost a year of hard work. I’m delighted to be here today to see these first 100 youngsters celebrate the passing of their initial training and wearing their new uniforms with pride.

"I met some of them for the first time at my Youth Forum event in December, but today I’d like to officially welcome them all to the Kent Police family. Some of Kent Police’s current crop of chief officers began their policing careers as cadets and I hope some of the boys and girls here today will be inspired to follow that same path in the years to come."

In the next phase, students will further develop key life skills, which will broaden their opportunities for further education, training and employment. 

Canterbury College is extremely proud of the students and wishes them luck for the next phase.