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Alrewas firm pledges £15,000 to police cadets scheme

An Alrewas company has pledged £15,000 to support the Staffordshire Police cadets scheme.

The Leavesley Group will contribute the money over the next three years.

Cadets Mitchell Wordley, Victoria Vince, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold, James Leavesley, High Sheriff Johnny Leavesley, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis, and cadets  Ellie Gould and Joe Williscroft

Cadets Mitchell Wordley, Victoria Vince, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold, James Leavesley, High Sheriff Johnny Leavesley, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis, and cadets Ellie Gould and Joe Williscroft

The cadet scheme was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and has already seen four units set up in Staffordshire with more on the horizon.

James Leavesley, from the Leavesley Group, said: “The cadet scheme plays a valuable crime prevention role, inspiring young people to put their time and energy into something positive for the benefit of their local community and encouraging them to develop skills which will help them in their future employment.”

The scheme is designed to strengthen links between young people and the police.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold said the latest contribution was “wonderful news”.

“Patrons like the Leavesley Group are helping make the cadets service sustainable and are key to its future development.

“Their money will allow us to plan activities and training, helping the scheme to be as effective as possible, and allow more and more young people the opportunity to become a cadet.

“Since the cadets were launched in 2013, the service has made a real difference to the lives of so many young people – with other units set to open in the coming months.

“We are grateful for all donations received, no matter how big or small they are. The workforce of tomorrow – on which so much depends – will be greatly enriched by the investment that’s being poured into these young people now.”

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