The VPD Cadet program’s mission is to instill leadership, discipline, excellence and pro-social values in all of its participants. The opportunity to be promoted within the program is an important measurement of participants’ progression and their commitment to the development of leadership and other life skills.
The promotions come with additional responsibilities to both assist the instructors and to be leaders and role models among their peers and fellow Cadets. In November, 42 cadets expressed interested in being promoted. After a written exam and in-person interview, 18 Cadets were promoted to the rank of Corporal, Sergeant or Staff Sergeant. These promotions were recognized in a ceremony on December 8th, run by the Cadets themselves.
After a personal inspection of every Cadet, Chief Constable Palmer gave the keynote speech and provided words of inspiration about the opportunity to grow, succeed and be true leaders. He also provided some great insight about the importance of sticking with things and determination in the face of adversity. In addition to the promotions, a number of awards were given out, including the Athletic Award and the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Cadets who received the Athletic Award were those that passed the Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT) in under 4 minutes and 15 seconds – the very same test used for VPD officers. Six Cadets and Cadet Volunteers were awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Award which recognizes international youth leadership and service.
Words do not do justice to how impressive these cadets are. The promotion ceremony was a wonderful testament to the hard work, dedication and leadership demonstrated by these youth. The Foundation is a very proud funder of this program and congratulates all the Cadets – not only those promoted, but also those who applied and all of the Cadets, who give it their all every Saturday.