The Police Scotland Team, The National Volunteer Police Cadet team and lead evaluator Dr Jeffrey DeMarco
Middlesex University, in partnership with the National Volunteer Police Cadets (NVPC), have set out their plan to deliver a £1.8million grant to expand the number of volunteer police cadets.
The funding awarded by the Police Innovation Fund will be used to develop a digital platform with a fully integrated training area. The principle aim of the platform will be to ensure more young people are able to participate in the cadet programme.
Principally aiming to inspire young people aged 13 to 18 to learn about leadership and support local communities, the project will run for two years.
“We’re very excited to be involved with this project,” says lead researcher on the project, Dr Jeffrey DeMarco.
“Young people can have difficult relationships with authority but becoming a cadet can improve community relations and prevent run-ins with the police.”
Cadets work towards encouraging a spirit of adventure and good citizenship among young people as well as ensuring their voices are heard.
Dr DeMarco, Research Fellow in Criminology, and his team will also generate innovative research to evaluate the usefulness of the cadet programme and monitor how it helps young people develop and improve the way they feel about authority.
This work will significantly contribute to the NVPC’s ambitious goal to double the current 10,900 police cadets in the UK by 2018.
In keeping with the University’s core principles of diversity and inclusivity the cadet programme is keen to welcome boys and girls from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, as well as young people from vulnerable backgrounds.
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