30 August 2019
Not to worry…………….. it was friendly visit!
On the evening of Thursday 29th August Fletton and Walton Detachments from 1 (Hereward) Company paraded together at the Army Reserve Centre in Peterborough
for an evening of Cadet in the Community training.
We were fortunate to have Jason Ablewhite, PCC (the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire) , visit the Detachment along with Acting Special Inspector Rob Cattell and Special Constable Peter Keen. During the evening the uniformed officers explained to the cadets the different equipment they carry on their person as well as letting everyone have a look at one of their marked police vans. The cadets and instructors were able to climb inside the van: some chose the driver’s seat while others were destined for the cage in the back! They also wore handcuffs and were able to handcuff each other. There were a few random breathalyser checks done during the evening and fortunately everyone blew zero!
The uniformed officers were unfortunately called to assist with a major incident that had taken at the nearby Hotpoint factory but the second half of the evening was spent talking to the Commissioner who explained the sort of things the officers get up to. This included stories about two armed response units responding to reports of a man wielding a machete at night in Wisbech which upon arrival was found to be a large salami! The cadets all had a chance to ask questions to the Commissioner such as “Where in Cambridgeshire is the highest crime rate?” “What modifications are done to police cars to boost performance” and “What sort of handcuffs do the police use”. Everyone was happy to hear Cambridgeshire is actually home to the safest place to live in the UK with the lowest crime rates recorded!
Cambridgeshire ACF has always worked closely with the Cambridgeshire Constabulary, whether it be supporting the training of their police dogs, accommodating the Police Cadets at our Cadet Training Centre or hosting visits like this one. On behalf of both Detachments I would like to thank the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Cambridgeshire Constabulary for arranging such an interesting visit.
Report and pictures by SI R Ray
2IC Fletton Detachment
1 (Hereward) Company