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Cadets salute rise in numbers

PUBLISHED: 15:47 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 16 August 2010

MORE youngsters have joined the police cadets in this borough than any other London area.

MORE youngsters have joined the police cadets in this borough than any other London area.

Bromley launched its second Volunteer Cadet Unit at Bishop Justus School last month, now bringing their tally of recruits to 102 members.

Bromley Deputy Mayor Gordon Norrie was joined by head teacher Kathy Griffiths, Metropolitan Police Authority member for Bromley and Bexley James Cleverly and Borough Commander Charles Griggs.

He said: "I was a cadet 34 years ago and I used to wear the uniform and represent the Metropolitan Police and I was so proud.

"Here I am 34 years later, still immensely proud to wear the uniform. Bromley is a showcase, a great team and we embrace the qualities that you bring to the family of the service.

"You can all do whatever you want - work hard, aspire to achieve success and be proud of the uniform."

The youngsters marched to the parade ground accompanied by the Corps of Drums of South East London Army Cadet Force and completed drill displays at the event. That was followed by a salute to fallen police personnel and a multi-faith blessing of the cadets given by the Bishop Justus School Chaplain before the presentation of the unit colours.

MPA member for Bromley and Bexley James Cleverly said: "I am enormously proud that one of my own boroughs is blowing the lid off when it comes to achieving the results in recruiting cadets."

Following the parade, there was the presentation of individual awards held in the main School Hall.

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