Police cadet concerns

PUBLISHED: 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, 12:30

Inspired by British astronaut Tim Peake, youngsters from St Peter’s Primary School have held a ‘space week’.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A competition has been launched to inspire people to provide habitats for bees.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

A thieving son who broke into his father’s home when he was in hospital has been jailed after the victim told a judge he had broken his heart.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

A professional footballer paedophile who worked in Exmouth and was found guilty of child abuse has been told by a judge his ‘long jail sentence’ has been adjourned so he can apply for legal aid.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

A Judge has banned nightmare neighbour Alex Humphreys from returning to her former address in Exmouth after her ‘disgraceful’ behaviour towards other residents.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare said it has been ‘humbled’ by the selfless generosity of the Harbour View Café.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

Police are appealing for information after an arm shield was stolen from a parked vehicle in Exmouth.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

Plans to demolish a restaurant in Exmouth and replace it with seven houses have been withdrawn by the applicant, although revised plans are expected soon.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

An Exmouth family business is warning others to be vigilant after falling victim to a scam costing it around £1,500.

Read more
Friday, March 24, 2017

A weekly class, inspired by a pensioner who is learning to read for the first time, has been launched in Exmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

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

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications