Army Cadets from Swaffham have been given an insight into young driver safety and how the police stage an armed response.
PC Andy Nattrass, from Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, came to Swaffham on Wednesday to deliver a hard-hitting video presentation designed to make young people think before getting behind the wheel.
The presentation covered everything from how to cope with peer pressure, to the primary causes of accidents for young drivers and some tips for being a better motorist behind the wheel.
The group of 16 cadets, who are aged between 13- and 18-years-old, then heard from PC Richard Godin and PC Peter Howlett from Swaffham Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit who gave a talk covering the different equipment used by firearms officers and the differences between the military and policing response.
Detective Sergeant Josh Peak, detachment commander for the Swaffham Cadets, said: “This event will help the group to achieve elements of their Cadet in the Community Training Syllabus.
“Road safety is an important lesson to learn, particularly when many of our cadets will be getting their provisional licences in the next few years.
“The group really enjoyed the presentation and hearing about the different work of the constabulary’s armed response unit.
“It’s clear they got a lot from the session.”
Lance Corporal Daniel Fincham from Swaffham Army Cadets received his promotion on the night.
He said :“That was really interesting. The firearms team had lots of gadgets, although I wouldn’t want to carry that shield very far.”
The cadets from Swaffham were joined for the evening by colleagues from Wymondham for the presentation.
Swaffham Army Cadets meet weekly on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm.
Cadets participate in a range of activities including adventure training, sports, military knowledge, field craft and first aid with a chance to gain nationally-recognised qualifications for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
For more details on joining the Army Cadets in Swaffham, please contact AUO Josh Peak on 07899189973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.