The High Sheriff has appointed two cadets from the Staffordshire Police Cadets to assist her during her year in office. She will be accompanied by Jessica Sheppard (17) for the first half of the year and by Lucy Davies (16) for the second six months. Both Cadets are based in Stafford and will act as Sword Bearers.
The Cadet scheme was initiated in 2013 by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship. Open to youngsters between 13 and 17 years old, they are not training to be police officers, but they are learning the skills they need for their future. Cadets work towards nationally recognised qualifications in team-working, citizenship and personal skills following a detailed programme that covers every aspect of policing and how they support the police in keeping our communities safe and reassured. As part of a uniformed and disciplined service, youngsters have become more self-confident and outgoing. Many are benefiting academically and socially as well as connecting with local policing teams and local communities.