Cadets support Greenhithe shoppers with crime prevention advice
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Budding police officers have been on hand to assist shoppers at Bluewater with crime prevention advice.
Since Monday 16 August 2021, customers at the Greenhithe shopping centre have been able to meet and talk to members of the Volunteer Police Cadets at the force’s engagement shop.
Advice and support
As well as offering advice and helping to keep the public safe, they have been providing information on how to sign up to the cadet scheme. Visitors to the shop have been able to talk to the cadets first hand and view the range of uniforms from mini cadets to police officers, a police motorbike, a custom-built Police Box and various other items of interest that may encourage young people to sign up to the scheme or consider a career in policing.
Police Cadet Clea Boffa was at the centre on Monday, which saw around 100 visitors. A typical day will include helping visitors to report crime, give advice or signpost people to more appropriate agencies.
Clea handed out paper hats to children who visited the shop and assisted in advising one person on a court case and a neighbourhood dispute. She also joined PC David Jackaman for a walk around the mall, engaging with young people and providing help and advice to those who needed it.
Clea Boffa said:
‘I joined the scheme in October 2020 and being a police officer is something I am considering in the future. I would advise any young person like me to get involved because not only is it fun, but you get to meet lots of different people and it helps to grow your confidence.’
Since being part of the scheme Clea has gone above and beyond for her community. She was set a challenge by one of the force’s special constables to raise funds for the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance so, during her spare time, she has encouraged people to donate used crisp packets and coffee pods, having so far collected 26,000, which will all get recycled and turned into much-needed cash for the charity.
The Volunteer Police Cadet scheme is a uniformed organisation supported by Kent Police for young people aged 13 to 17. Cadets meet once a week for two to three hours during term time and in addition volunteer three more hours each month to help with a community-based project.
To find out more visit the Kent Police website.