Emergency Service Cadets surprise departing leader
PUBLISHED: 10:27 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:27 13 August 2018
A Police Community Support Officer, who had led the local unit of Emergency Service Cadets for nearly six years, has been thanked for his leadership at a special ceremony.
PCSO Norman Drew completed his last evening as an emergency service cadet leader for Lowestoft last Thursday, August 2 – and he was surprised during a celebratory evening at Lowestoft Police Station that marked his devotion.
The cadets and their leaders invited the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, and also Mr Drew’s wife along for his final evening – with a special scrapbook of photos presented to him to mark his devotion to the unit.
The group, which meets every Thursday evening alternating between the town’s police station and the fire station in Normanston Drive, Lowestoft, has been running as a unit since October 2012.
PCSO Drew, who was the main leader, has missed very few sessions since the unit commenced almost six years ago.
He supervised the cadet evenings at Lowestoft Police Station, with the aim of educating young people aged between 13 and 18 in police skills and knowledge. The cadets also volunteer regularly at local town events and assist the Suffolk Constabulary four towns crime prevention team.
The cadets have been involved with internal policing evenings such as a firearms, Crime Scene Investigation and Canine dog section visits, which they have thoroughly enjoyed, but also have had external team building days which include paintballing, laser tag and go-karting.
Speaking on behalf of the Lowestoft Cadets, Rianna Coote said: “We would all like to wish Norman the best for his future, ensuring he is not forgotten. “Over the six years Norman has volunteered as our leader he has seen all the cadets grow in confidence. He has encouraged many of the young people to join the police service with several ex-cadets now in roles as Special Constables and future Police Constables in the area.
“Andy Seago, Kerryn Tasker, Sophie Moore and myself will carry on the good work, started by Norman, as leaders.”
Should anyone be interested in joining the cadets, please collect an information pack from the front desk of Lowestoft police station or visit the Suffolk Constabulary website.