County contest shows Dacorum kindergarten cops are a mighty force

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Young Dacorum police cadets were put through their paces in a county-wide competition which was the first of its kind.

The inaugral county cadet competition saw seven wannabe cops from the borough’s current youth intake go head to head with teams from across Herts on a number of tough disciplines.

Dacorum police cadets demonstrate a shield run at the first county cadet competition.

Dacorum police cadets demonstrate a shield run at the first county cadet competition.

The event, held at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, involved the teens giving evidence in a mock court, learning how officers deal with road traffic collisions and performing a shield run, in which they had to run 500 metres with a heavy shield and a riot helmet.

Although the Welwyn team were the overall winners, family and friends of the Dacorum kindergarten cops were also able to watch them parade in uniform before receiving awards.

The county contest, now hoped to run again next year, was organised as a celebration of the increase in police cadets across Herts over the last three years.

But Dacorum cadet leader Insp Adam Such said there is currently no waiting list for the youth force in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring.

He said: “We are looking to get more young people interested in the cadets and on the waiting list.

“It is great for us to have more young blood interested in the police force. It is good experience for them as it is a great opportunity to help out in the community. It also helps with crime prevention and we help our cadets to gain qualifications through leadership courses, too.”

If you are aged 13 to 18 and interested in joining the police cadets, email PC Ross Paybody on ross.paybody@herts.pnn.police.uk or call 01707 806646.