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YOUNG police cadets in the city have been recognised for their achievements.

The group of 18 Wiltshire Police volunteer cadets in the Salisbury unit, who aged are between 13 and 18, received their certificates of attestation on Tuesday, March 14.

Each cadet has successfully completed their basic level training in order to swear their oath and commitment to the scheme.

Cadet leader PC Tracey Holloway said: “I am very proud of each and every one of the cadets. They have all worked hard to get to where we are today and they can’t wait to get out in the community to put these skills to use.

“On day one we had a group of shy teenagers, but they have already grown in confidence. They are a fantastic unit who are great fun to spend time with. All have different characters and they demonstrate a great teamwork approach and attitude, and have adopted the Force values and behaviours.

“They are very keen to attend events and now that the cadets have been attested they can attend events such as fetes, carnivals and fairs where they will assist with some stewarding activities and policing crime prevention matters."

The Salisbury cadet unit started their training in October 2016 and since then have met weekly during term time.

They have been taught various procedures used by the police including the phonetic alphabet, radio procedures, how to deal with lost/found property and missing people, basic law, amongst other things. The cadets will work towards a qualification from ASDAN.

Cadet leader PC Holloway is assisted by PC Matt Holland and four volunteers; Sarah Murphy, Andy Milton, Matt Murray and Richard Goodman, who give up their time every week.

The cadets were joined by Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson and the cadets’ patron Lady Gooch at their first attestation ceremony.

Mr Macpherson said: “These young people have taken on a big commitment to become involved in policing their local communities and should be commended for the support they offer to Wiltshire Police and to people in Salisbury.

“They are a credit to the force, and to their families”

Any young people interested in becoming a cadet contact Sergeant Steve McGlynn at cadets@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk