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Bexley cadets produce strong performance in annual competition

PUBLISHED: 11:16 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:17 16 July 2013

Bexley cadets enjoy the annual cadet competition

Bexley cadets enjoy the annual cadet competition

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Bexley cadets came a creditable eighth in the annual cadet competition at the weekend.

The three day event, from Friday to Sunday (July 12 to 14) saw more than 200 volunteer police cadets come together at Hendon Policing School. Lambeth were declared the overall winners.

The event, the largest held to date, was rounded off with a parade, with cadets parading their borough standards in front of borough commanders, mayors and other senior officers and dignitaries.

Deputy commissioner Craig Mackey said: “The weekend was a fantastic opportunity for the cadets to compete, but also to socialise with each other.

“The cadets are an integral part of the MPS extended policing family and this event demonstrates that our young people really are amazing.

“I congratulate each and every team for taking part in the competition and parade. I would also like to thank all those involved in organising and helping at this weekend’s event, for making it such a huge success.”

Event organiser, Sgt David Black, said: “The exceptionally high standard of police knowledge demonstrated by all the teams made this the closest fought competition yet. The parade on Sunday was stunning, all the cadets should be enormously proud, as we are of them”.

There is currently an Met campaign to recruit hundreds more volunteer cadet leaders who can help make a difference to the lives of thousands of young adults in the capital.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) needs around 400 extra cadet leaders aged 18 to 65 from all backgrounds and walks of life to support a drive to increase its volunteer Police Cadet [VPC] programme by 4,000 cadets, as pledged in the Mayor’s Policing and Crime plan.

Commander Simon Bray, head of MPS training, said: “Volunteer police cadets are a superb example of young people making London safer. Cadets and their leaders get involved in crime prevention activities, help to solve local problems and play a vital part in public events, such as Trooping the Colour and the London Marathon.”

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