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Police cadets shine at civic ceremony in Alrewas

Police cadets have taken centre stage at a ceremony in Alrewas for the new High Sheriff of Staffordshire.

The cadet scheme has recently celebrated its second anniversary.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold joined the youngsters at the High Sheriff Johnny Leavesley’s Garden Party.

Cadet Ellie Gould, High Sheriff Johnny Leavesley and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold

Cadet Ellie Gould, High Sheriff Johnny Leavesley and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold

She said: “It was fantastic to see the cadets perform their civic duty. They are a real credit to themselves and the communities they represent.

“The cadet scheme is all about giving advantages to young people through allowing them to gain life skills such as responsibility and discipline.

“This is not about youngsters from elite and advantaged backgrounds. It’s about giving young people an opportunity to build character and a sense of civic duty, no matter what their challenges.”

Mr Leavesley was sworn in as High Sheriff – the Crown’s representative to all aspects of law and order within Staffordshire – in April and intends to visit every police station during his term in office.

He said: “I was especially pleased to meet the cadets as I am a keen supporter of all they do.

“They very kindly officiated at my two High Sheriff’s Garden Parties for county dignitaries and it was thrilling to meet cadet Ellie Gould, who has been appointed my official High Sheriff’s cadet, and watch her cope with aplomb with her official duties.

“They are great examples of youthful verve and responsibility and deserve our support.”

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