Ipswich Volunteer Police Cadets have been helping to prevent crime in the town centre by providing additional patrols during late night shopping evenings.
The cadets provided patrols between 6.30pm and 9pm on Thursday 22 November, Thursday 29 November and Thursday 6 December. During these times there were no thefts from shops in the town centre and no reported incidents.
The cadets assisted officers from the Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), the Town Safe Team, Ipswich Central Street Rangers and Special Constables. They provided additional patrols around car parks to reduce vehicle crime, actively offered crime reduction advice and promoted Police Direct. As a result of the evenings, 59 letters will be sent to the registered owners of vehicles who left valuables on display or their vehicles insecure, giving them advice on vehicle crime.
PCSO Glenn Perkins from Ipswich North East SNT, who helped to supervise the cadets on the patrols said: “I am really pleased that together we have managed to make Ipswich town centre crime free during these late night shopping sessions.
The cadet scheme is a fantastic initiative which gives young people the confidence to attend community events and assist Safer Neighbourhood Teams. The cadets are given skills that will help them to develop and have an understanding of the police force.”
There are currently 23 cadets in the Ipswich unit, who are aged between 13 to 16-years-old and volunteer every Thursday evening. It gives them an opportunity to contribute in a way which has benefits for them and the communities they live in – through events such as these, which also allow them to develop skills that will assist them in a competitive job market.