Family evening celebrates success of cadet scheme

Police cadets with representatives from Guide Dogs Scotland.
Police cadets with representatives from Guide Dogs Scotland.

Police cadets have raised almost £3,000 for the charity Guide Dogs Scotland.

The fundraising took place during a year-long cadet scheme for 19 recruits from Moray and Aberdeenshire.

A family evening was held on Wednesday August 14 to celebrate the end of the course.

This was the last intake of cadets to Grampian Police before the amalgamation to a Scotland-wide force in April.

Some of the cadets have been successful in their application to join Police Scotland while others will go on to pursue other opportunities.

In addition to working at their local police offices, the cadets were given the chance to work in various departments, including the Control Room, the Public Office, Corporate Communications and Events.

Cadets also went on placements with charities including Instant Neighbour, Cornerstone and Buchan Dial-A-Bus.

Community work undertaken by the cadets also counted towards an SQA qualification.

Cadet Unit Sergeant Gavin Davidson said the 2012 intake was the largest ever.

He said: “The intention of the programme was to develop the cadets and to get them involved in their communities.

“Some have chosen to join and become police officers but others have benefited from the programme by growing in confidence and will go on to pursue other ambitions and interests.

“It will be sad to see them go but hopefully we will be able to give them a good send of knowing that they are well set up for their futures.”

Police Scotland are working on a young volunteer’s scheme which will be rolled out by 2014.