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New police cadets sworn in

Youngsters who have passed through a rigorous application process officially became Boston Volunteer Police Cadets when they were invited to take an oath and received their ID badges, uniforms and certificates.

They were welcomed to Boston Borough Council's Council chamber by the Mayor, Cllr Alison Austin. PC Martyn Chambers and Peter Hunn, Volunteer Cadet Officer, who work with the cadets, gave an introduction and Chief Inspector Paul Timmins presented the new cadets with their ID cards.

New cadet applicants, aged 14 to 18, are recruited during a four-week period twice a year. Those who get through the paper process are invited to an assessment day, where they are set group and individual activities and finally they complete a panel interview.

Provisional offers are made and then each candidate goes through a vetting process by Police Headquarters. Once that is clear they are given a day to start their cadet career, but it's not over there. When they start they are on an eight-week probationary period, at the end of which they are given a short interview to make sure they still wish to commit to cadet life.

Peter said: "In the last year we have had three police cadets continue their policing career by successfully passing their Specials assessment and interview - something we are very proud of."

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New cadets, in light blue shirts, front row, from left, Charlotte Amey, Amy Baggley, Megan Knight, Jamie Smith and Bethany McGuire, Back row, from left, Thomas Willetts, Connor James, Ross Tarry, Sam Darling, Robbie Allen, Stephen Covell, Izzy Swain, Jack Sadler and Ben Jessop. Front, Mayor Cllr Alison Austin with Mayor's Consort, Cllr Richard Austin, and Chief Insp Paul Timmins

Recently the cadets have worked in their sections on a project in which they were challenged to reflect cadet life in street art. Their work can be seen on public display in the atrium at Boston Borough Council's Municipal Buildings in West Street.

During the last few months the cadets have been working in the community delivering anti-social behaviour leaflets into areas affected by ASB and also delivering crime prevention packs to households in and around places who have been recently affected by crime.

Chief Insp Timmins said: "Lincolnshire Police is very proud of the support, hard work and dedication of the young people who volunteer their own time to serve their community within the cadets. Each and every one of the volunteer police cadets is a shining example of the positive contribution that young people can and are making within the community of Boston."

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Boston Volunteer Police Cadets with the blue, green, yellow and red section street artwork