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Dover Police Cadets in maintenance work at Western Heights and Capel Battery

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Police cadets have been maintaining sites of historical interest.

The teenagers from Dover recently attended Capel Battery at Capel-le-Ferne to excavate a gun emplacement.

Cadets sweep on of the casements in the Drop Redoubt. Picture: Kent Police
Cadets sweep on of the casements in the Drop Redoubt. Picture: Kent Police

This is an area built by the army during the Second World War with specially prepared positions to fire heavy guns.

Next day they spent the day at the Drop Redoubt Fort. The team weeded, swept and picked litter at the Napoloonic site at Dover Western Heights.

This is regular work there, often with other volunteers and under the supervision of the Western Heights Preservation Society.

This work by Dover Police Cadets has been co-ordinated by a youth engagement officer PCSO Mark Ball.

Over the last few years the cadets have developed their own heritage team, thought to be the first of its kind in the country.

Cadets and an instructor in one of the casements in the Drop Redoubt. Picture: Kent Police
Cadets and an instructor in one of the casements in the Drop Redoubt. Picture: Kent Police
Cadets work on a staircase in the Drop Redoubt. Picture: Kent Police
Cadets work on a staircase in the Drop Redoubt. Picture: Kent Police

Ch Supt Jason Wenlock, of Kent Police’s Citizens in Policing Team, said: “The cadets have worked incredibly hard to improve these sites so that everyone can enjoy them and I would like to thank them for their efforts.

“In addition to enhancing their local communities they are also learning about important historical events and developing their own skills and confidence.”

The Kent Police Cadets are aged between 13 and 17 and get involved with neighbourhood activities and support community policing to learn about responsible citizenship.

The volunteers all have the potential to become police officers with the scheme, aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of young people.

For more information on how to join the Kent Police Cadets click here.

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