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Sandwell cadets take their oath

A school in Oldbury has celebrated their pupils’ success after a group of them were sworn in as police cadets.

Bristnall Hall Academy ended the first school term in December with a ceremony for students who’d volunteered two hours of their time every Thursday since September to learn about policing, team building and leadership.

The pupils have joined police patrols, saw how the Birmingham Christmas Markets are policed and had a visit from West Midlands Police’s Dog Unit. 


Each student read out an oath as part of the ceremony which encompasses both elements of the oath police officers take and recognition for being part of the community and school.

They were all handed a framed copy of their oath and had their photos taken with their Principal and Superintendent Martin Hurcomb from Sandwell Police.


Principal Kully Uppal, said: “At a time where we often hear there are issues with ‘the youth of today’, I’m proud to see our students serving as role models as part of the extended police family within our local community. 

“I’d like to thank West Midlands Police for the time, effort and commitment it has shown in establishing the Police Cadets here at Bristnall Hall Academy; we look forward to working with you in this exciting and highly rewarding new venture.”


Supt Martin Hurcomb said: “It’s been a real privilege to spend some time with the Bristnall Hall police cadets over the past few months and see how they have each embraced the cadet scheme.  

“It’s clear that they are both enjoying it and growing as young people, which is wonderful to see. I would to thank the Cadet Commander & leaders, who work tirelessly, with endless energy to ensure the experience is a positive one. Finally, I must also thank Mr Uppal and his team at Bristnall Hall School, they have been welcoming and truly inclusive, which has helped us start to build the foundations of a very healthy and successful relationship.”


WMP Cadets are provided with a uniform, are organised into groups of up to 30 members, and are expected to attend unit meetings every week during school term time. There is no charge in being a cadet – everything is supplied for free, including the uniform and any trips. The WMP scheme recruits 13-17 year olds, from a diverse range of backgrounds and provides them with unique opportunities to gain experience and insights into the force.

The cadet scheme which has been held at the school is open to all students in the local area and anyone who wishes to join or learn more can email:

More information on the scheme can be found here: 

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