Trinity Fields pupils join the ranks of Gwent Police Force Cadets

Pupils from Trinity Fields School in Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, have joined the ranks of the Gwent Police Cadet Scheme.

They will learn about the police in dedicated classroom sessions with the Nxt Gen Officers and Community Support Officers, and will help to share this information with their friends and families.

The pupils had to take part in an interview process, explaining why they wanted to join the Cadet Scheme, and will be issued with their own uniforms.

Trinity Fields is the first specialist SEN school in Gwent to join the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme.

Head teacher Ian Elliott MBE said: “Our children are at the heart of everything we do and I can’t tell you how proud I am that our pupils are taking part in this scheme. The impact on the children and young people, their families and our staff is fantastic. We are looking forward to working with the police to make sure that this scheme is the most innovative in the country.”

Chief Inspector Amanda Thomas, who leads on the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme for Gwent Police, said: “It is vitally important that children with specialist needs are also afforded an opportunity to become part of this great scheme. The scheme has been tailored so that the children can benefit from the learning and engagement opportunities that this will bring. This is an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to seeing the results. The children are immensely proud of their new role and I would like to thank head teacher Ian Elliott MBE and his dedicated staff for becoming involved.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “The Cadet Scheme helps to build trust and confidence between the police and children and young people. This is particularly important with a school such as Trinity Fields as these children are some of the most vulnerable in our community. I would like to congratulate all of the new Police Cadets and hope they enjoy their new roles.”