Over 200 cadets led their second annual parade last week (Saturday, September 9) at Writtle University College to celebrate the end of their term with the Essex Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) programme.
The cadets from all eight units across the county marched together in front of their proud families and friends. The group aged 13-17-years-old were inspected and thanked for their service by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Roger Hirst.
The cadets marched alongside their Volunteer Police Cadet Leaders, a group of volunteers from a variety of different backgrounds that give their time on a weekly basis to lead the cadets and support them throughout their time in the VPC programme.
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “I am proud that the VPC programme is making a real difference to the lives and futures of the young people of Essex.
“Our 75 Volunteer Police Cadet Leaders, both officers, members of staff and external volunteers give immeasurable time and commitment week in, week out. The success of the Essex Police VPC programme is without doubt due to their unwavering support and I cannot thank them enough”