18 May 2017
Three police cadets have been recruited to assist the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards in her official duties.
Will Lloyd, from Pembrokeshire, Ffion Jenkins of Carmarthenshire and Rhodri Hughes of Ceredigion have been assigned to help out with her official duties and ceremonial tasks as local representative of Her Majesty the Queen.
They will provide additional support alongside the military cadets who already work with the Lord Lieutenant.
Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “The three cadets have been selected by their Neighbourhood Policing Teams in recognition of the significant contribution they have already made to the Police Cadets’ programme.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our cadets and I am pleased to support the Lord Lieutenant in this exciting and important development.”
Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards said: “As Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed I am delighted to appoint three Lord-Lieutenant police cadets representing all three counties of Dyfed. It is the first time that this has happened and I look forward to their involvement in the course of my official duties. They will be joining the Lord-Lieutenant cadets from the Armed Forces who already accompany me to official engagements and on Royal visits and I very much hope that as a result of their involvement in the Lieutenancy that more young people may be encouraged to join the cadet scheme.”
Ffion Jenkins, aged 16, from Ammanford, attends Amman Valley Comprehensive School. She’s been a Police Cadet since September 2015.
Ffion, aged 16, said: "I feel very honoured, privileged and excited to represent the Carmarthenshire Police Cadets and to being the first Carmarthenshire Lord Lieutenant Cadet. I'd like to thank the Volunteer Police Cadets for their help and time each week in cadets and PS Kerry Scoberg for the nomination. I'm really looking forward to the range of experiences that I’ll attend and especially attending a royal visit. Hopefully it'll be a busy and exciting year ahead and all of my family are extremely proud of the opportunity that I've been given."
Rhodri Hughes, aged 16, from Aberystwyth, attends Penglais School and has been a Police Cadet for two years.
Rhodri said: “It’s a real honour to have been selected to help the Lord Lieutenant in her official duties. I’m really pleased to be representing Aberystwyth Police Cadets and think I will really enjoy the experience. I’m looking forward to learning more about the duties I will be helping out with.”
Will Lloyd is a 16-year-old from Pembroke. He attends Bush School and has been a Police Cadet for 18 months.
The National Volunteer Police Cadets is supported by the Association of Chief Officers. The scheme is undertaken by the majority of Police Services across the UK.
The scheme was launched in Dyfed-Powys in 2015. Ffion is one of original 19 cadets who started the two year programme then.
The cadets meet every week and take part in local community initiatives and police campaigns. The scheme aims to develop an understanding of the police amongst young people, to encourage good citizenship and inspire young people to participate positively in their communities and support local policing priorities.
PIC CAPTION: (L-R) Chief Superintendent Claire Parmenter, Will Lloyd, Rhodri Hughes, Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, Ffion Jenkins and Chief Constable Mark Collins.