Volunteer police cadets at town ceremony

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Volunteer police cadets from across Lancashire were sworn into the police service at a special ceremony.

Lancashire Constabulary held its second attestation evening for the 13-18-year-old cadets from Morecambe and Lancaster, Blackburn, Burnley, South Ribble, Blackpool and the Fylde, to celebrate their induction.

The cadets declared their allegiance to the force, promise to serve the community and act as ambassadors for Lancashire Constabulary at the event.

The cadets were joined by family and were addressed by Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates, Chief Inspector Ian Sewart and guest speaker Hubert Mensah from the Metropolitan Police Service.

Other high-profile guests, such as the High Sheriff of Lancashire Ann Dean, and the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr Salim Mulla,were alsoin attendance so that the cadets could showcase their work in the community and the skills the programme will help them develop.

Chief Insp Ian Sewart said: “This event gives us the opportunity to recognise the fantastic work the cadets have done to complete their induction training. Like their fellow cadets from our first intake that were officially sworn in last October, they have shown real passion so far and we are looking forward to continuing to work with them to develop their skills further.

“Volunteer police cadets are a real asset in offering a policing service that is relevant and reflective of local communities.”