Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Police cadet concerns

15:43 25 November 2012

Axminster police station.

Axminster police station.

Archant

Former mayor Tom Wright fears that proposals for a police cadet force in Budleigh Salterton could hit frontline policing.

New Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Tony Hogg pledged in his election manifesto to set up a police cadet force in ‘every town’.

But the idea comes amid budget cuts across the force; by 2015 the budget will be slashed by 20 per cent.

And Councillor Wright, a former Thames Valley police area commander whose youngest son was a police cadet, said that, while he supported the principle, he was concerned that the proposals would use up resources needed in ‘frontline policing’.

In his manifesto Commissioner Hogg made the pledge and said that his number one priority was to cut crime by bringing policing ‘closer to the public’.

And he called for a renewed effort to develop the police cadets to give young people a strong sense of social responsibility.

He said he wanted to build on the existing network in Devon and Cornwall, open to all young people between the ages of 13 and 18.

He said that the cadets would learn key policing skills as well as having the opportunity to undertake a variety of challenging outdoor activities ‘to make a difference in local communities.’.

Cllr Wright said: “In my experience, to run a cadet force you need police officers.

“And it would deflect a police officer from their normal duties. That was one reason why Thames valley police scrapped it.

“Police cadets teach young people about the role of the police and encourage social responsibility and the sorts of kids who would join up would not be the sort to get into trouble anyway.

“I support it in principle, but principles cost money and I would be concerned about where the money would come from.”

Commissioner Hogg said: “David Cameron has talked about the potential to develop a modern day national service through the Government’s National Citizens Service scheme, but I think other agencies can play a role too.

“Police officers are fantastic role models and being a police cadet helps young people develop important social skills and become a valuable part of their local community.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:11
Boating lakes at Exmouth Fun Park.

An Exmouth seafront tourist attraction has been given a stay of execution – but will close after next summer, it has been revealed.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:25
The Singing for Fun group meet in the hall alongside St Margarets church in Topsham every Tuesday 11am till 1pm and new members are welcome. Ref ext 21-16SH 6109. Picture: Simon Horn.

Video and Picture

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
Election 2015

The date for the referendum for whether Britain stays in the European Union is Thursday, June 23.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
(L-R) Stephen Berisford, MD of SJB foods with Adrian Pitts, Estates Surveyor from Clinton Devon Estates.

An East Devon business has relocated - just metres away - to new premises at Colaton Raleigh.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:35
Exmouth beach hut. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5226-24-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

District bosses say demand for beach huts in East Devon is still strong, despite changes to tenancy agreements.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Zena Hawkins and Jo Brooks-Herbert from King's Garden Centre with David Richardson from Exmouth Royal British Legion and Jean Gregory from Littleham branch are appealing for RBL volunteers. Ref exe 19-16AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The Exmouth branch of the Royal British Legion is calling on volunteers to come forward to help this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Staff at Diggers Rest, Woodbury Salterton, raise more than £1,000 for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF)

A charity has thanked a kind-hearted Woodbury Salterton business for its donation of £1,065.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Gill Laws receives her British Empire Medal from the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon.

An Exmouth community champion says she will never forget two days in which she attended a Buckingham Palace garden party and received the British Empire Medal.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
An open debate about Britain's membership of the EU took place at the Public Hall

More than 100 people turned out for an open debate about Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU).

Read more
Mon, 21:31
Samba band Street Heat performed in the Strand Gardens on Sunday as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations. Ref exe 21-16SH 5562. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures of the band playing in Exmouth

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications