Gwent Police becomes the first Welsh police force to receive bronze quality mark for youth work.
In 2013, Gwent Police established its first Police Cadet programme and this year has received the Welsh Government Bronze Award for Youth Work.
The award is given to organisation that proves to have the essential building blocks for high quality youth work. Assessed under areas of performance, quality, learning and procedures, Gwent Police demonstrated a clear commitment to providing a rewarding and enriching experience for its cadet programme.
T/ACC Ian Roberts said:
“Being a Police Cadet is a fantastic way of finding out about policing, giving back to the community and learning skills that stay with you for the rest of your life.
“Since its establishment in 2013, we have been committed to developing a cadet programme that gives young people every opportunity to thrive.
“Receiving this accreditation is down to the hard work and dedication of officers and staff, and the support our current cadets.”
Gwent Police is currently recruiting new Police Cadets. To be considered, you must be aged between 13 and 18, and have a clear drive to meet new people, learn new skills and help the communities of Gwent.
Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“I am delighted that Gwent Police are the first police force in Wales to achieve the Welsh Government’s Bronze Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales. I commend the outstanding work of the NXTGen team, in particular. Fun, effective and proactive youth engagement is integral to the future of policing. I know that officers and staff are passionate about the young people of Gwent and are continually learning new ways to engage. Listening to children and young people is vital to improve our services, while instilling trust and respect.
“Throughout the pandemic they have not faltered; finding creative and innovative ways to interact with young people. I would like to thank everyone involved and look forward to the team gaining their Silver Quality Mark.”
Keith Towler, Chair Interim Youth Work Board for Wales said:
“I have been very impressed with the way in which the Gwent Police cadets have made a difference in their local community. Being involved in the cadets provides young people a fabulous opportunity for self-development and growth whist having some fun as well. Receiving the Bronze Level Youth Work Quality Mark is well deserved and great recognition for all involved.”