New facilities to help train our future police officers
New facilities to help train our future police officers has been opened at Activate Learning’s City of Oxford College in partnership with Thames Valley Police.
A new cadet room has been opened on the city centre campus thanks to sponsorship from Thames Valley Police.
The room was officially opened by Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, Francis Habgood, and Director of Career Pathways: Lifestyles at Activate Learning, Andrew Slater.
Francis Habgood said: “It was great to open the new cadet facility at City of Oxford College – having a room where they can meet, learn and complete activities is really important.
"The City of Oxford cadets are very lucky to have such a fantastic space and I am very grateful to the College for the partnership that we have and the support that they give. Cadets are an important part of the police family and it was lovely to meet them and their families in their new facility.”
A meeting place for City of Oxford police cadets
The new room will be used as a meeting place for City of Oxford police cadets on Thursday evenings, as well as being used during college hours by services to the public students.
Andrew Slater said: “This is a great opportunity for collaboration with Thames Valley Police and for the cadets and our own students to learn professional skills and attributes which will allow them to grow into the officers of the future.”
Twenty cadets and their parents and guardians were invited to the college for the opening, with seven cadets being attested on the evening by Chief Constable, Francis Habgood.
High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Richard Venables, spoke about the importance of providing opportunities for young people to develop personal skills and qualities that will help them in future.
The classroom has undergone an extensive redecoration and will offer the opportunity to create close links between the college, the local community and employers within the area.
An inspiration to our protective services students
Lindsay Cloughly, Higher Education Programme Coordinator: Services to the Public at Activate Learning said: “We expect the room to be an inspiration to our protective services students and BA (Hons) policing students.”
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