Thursday, 21 January 2010
The Met's Volunteer Police Cadets recently launched a new Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) at the London International Boat Show, with assistance from H.R.H Princess Anne, the President of the Royal Yachting Association. Helping this launch were local Bush Cadets Giorgi Makharashvili, a cadet who lives in Shepherds Bush and local Hammersmith and Fulham cadet George Jolley - both pictured.
The Princess Royal joined DAC Rod Jarman to officially name the boat "London Cadet" during her visit to the show at the Excel Centre on 13 January.
VPC purchased the RIB in order to give cadets access to something incredibly fun and unique, while also learning about team work and discipline required onboard a boat.
All 1,500 cadets across London can earn the right to use the boat after completing an agreed number of volunteering hours. They will also have the opportunity to study for Royal Yachting Association level two qualifications in power boating and radio communications.
Through YOU London (Youth Organisation in Uniform), VPC has also built links with Royal National Lifeboat Institute. This partnership is developing plans for VPC to deliver water safety advice to young people across London. It is hoped that VPC will take part as safety crew at major events such as the Varsity Boat Race and the Olympics in 2012.
Sergeant Philip Ross Martyn, who is in charge of the cadets on Hammersmith & Fulham Borough said:
We at Hammersmith and Fulham Police Cadets are extremely excited about the opportunities that the speed boat offers. We hope to be amongst the first to use it and look forward to offering level 2 power boat courses to deserving cadets. The speed boat is one of the many exciting experiences that we can offer to young people on the borough aged 14 - 19.
Our Cadets give up their evenings and weekends to work with Police on local and London Wide projects all aimed at increasing Police presence and effectiveness whilst at the same time reducing crime and the fear of crime.
Being a Police Cadet is great fun and an opportunity to meet friends whilst taking part in ongoing training and learning that will be of great benefit to the individual
I welcome applications to join our unit that unlike some in London currently has vacancies. We meet at Burlington Danes School 1645 - 1900 hours every Wednesday.
Check out the below website or Call Sergeant Ross Martyn on 0208 246 2522 for more information.
Posted by Chris Underwood at 13:05