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East London Police cadets take part in the fainting parade

12:21 26 July 2022

Young people from Havering and Barking and Dagenham took part in the first Met Police volunteer cadet fainting ceremony.

PC Rob Seabright, volunteer police cadet coordinator for Barking and Dagenham, said around 70 cadets trained for months before the event at Barking and Dagenham College.

The ceremony was attended by Acting Met Deputy Commissioner Helen Ball, who presented berets to the newcomers.

The youngsters spent months training for the event, according to PC Rob Seabright
– Credit: Barking and Dagenham VPS

PC Seabright said the cadets impressed leaders with how they handled the Covid pandemic.

He added: “Not only did the cadets have to deal with the Covid lockdowns, many missed opportunities, but then they were expected to catch up on the schoolwork that was missed and that put them under enormous pressure.

“However, they have proven to be extremely resilient.”

Approximately 70 cadets participated in the ceremony

Approximately 70 cadets participated in the ceremony
– Credit: Barking and Dagenham VPS

Planned events include activity camps, cadet competitions and volunteering at the London Marathon and Remembrance Day.

For more information on cadets and how to register, contact PC Seabright at [email protected] or Havering PC coordinator Antony Kiddle at [email protected]