An impressive group of future leaders!
I was invited to attend the recent Norwich Police Cadets award ceremony held at the new Police/Fire facility. The police cadet program is a non-profit organization that provides a hands-on career orientation experiential learning program for young adults in the Upper Valley region, ages 13-18, interested in the career of law enforcement.
The program exposes students to the various aspects of police work in order to prepare them for a future career in law enforcement and is one in which they can earn up to two years of high school credit for participation. To see photos of some of their training:
Please click here for the story on The Norwich Police Cadet program
The Police cadet program was started in January of 2016 by Sergeant Jennifer Frank, who serves as their Commander. She created this program while on the Windsor Police Department with the hope to be able to instill in local youth, an understanding of the role and purpose of law enforcement and the true meaning of the phrase "Protect and Serve." She brought the program to Norwich when she transferred here as the new police sergeant.
The award ceremony was held to recognize the many achievements the cadets have accomplished this past year and to say thanks to all who assisted.
Please enjoy the story and the photos.
The event was well attended with parents and cadet's families on hand
Slideshow presentation about to begin
Sgt Jennifer Frank explaining the program
Posting the color guard
Cadets waiting to be called up to receive awards
Mason Poirier receives his name badge pin from his parents
William Scalese receives his name badge
Parents pinning name badge on William Scalese
Tyler Odell getting his name badge
Tyler Odell getting his name badge pinned on by his Grandparents
Eamon Odell getting his name badge
Eamon Odell getting his name badge pinned on by his Grandparents
Tanner Trussell receives his name badge
Judy Trussell pins the name badge on her son Tanner
Bryanna Thurston and John Cook getting their Introduction to program pins
Gannon Dellinger receiving his 3 year pin and his Corporal rank
Sgt Frank congratulating the cadet
Ethan Preston receiving his 2 year pin
Selectwoman Linda Cook being introduced by Sgt Frank
Linda Cook reading Letter of Appreciation from the Selectboard
Linda Cook presents each cadet with the letter of appreciation from the Norwich Select Board
Evan Burke receives the Honorable Merit Service Award which is the highest award a cadet can receive. It is given when a cadet shows a high degree of integrity, character and honor.
Evan Burke also received his 2nd year pin
Sgt Frank congratulating Evan Burke
A certificate of Advancement award was given to Ethan Preston and Bryce Moody.
They also became squad leaders for squads A and B
Each cadet received the certificate of advancement award
Sgt Frank getting assistance from the Corporal
Sgt Frank reading the special award which shows the most growth over the last year
Cadet receives round of applause for his awards as Sgt Frank looks on
Bryce Moody receives the cadet of the year award, the highest award a cadet can receive.
Sgt. Frank displays the award for all to see.
Sgt. Frank congratulates Wendy Moody on Bryce's awards.
Wendy Moody receives the 'behind the badge award' which is the highest civilian award given to a non-cadet for their support of the program.
Cadets setting up and getting the meal ready.
Law and order in the kitchen!
Taking dinner orders.
Did you say diet soda?
Cadets delivering the meals.
Spaghetti and meatballs and yes, sausages too!
Yes we have lemonade.
These cadets look hungry to me . . .
. . . and more cadets enjoying the meal
This year's class of cadets.
My "about Norwich" logo