Force appoints first female High Sheriff Cadet

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High Sheriff Cadet Victoria Delahunt

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Issued on 12/2/18 at 10:27 a.m.

Teenager Victoria Delahunt has been appointed as Leicestershire Police’s first female High Sheriff Cadet, after joining the force’s Volunteer Police Cadet programme two years ago.

Victoria, 17, will be providing support to Tim Maxted, the High Sheriff of Leicestershire, by attending fundraising events and assisting with ceremonial duties during his term.

She was nominated for the role by her cadet leaders at the East Leicester cadet unit, due to her outstanding commitment to her role as Deputy Head Cadet.

Victoria said: “Being the first female High Sheriff Cadet makes me feel really proud. It was a complete surprise too, as I didn’t even know I’d been nominated for the role until it was announced I’d been chosen.

“People keep coming up to me to congratulate me, and I really hope I can use the role to help make a positive impact on our communities.

“I’m really pleased to be supporting High Sheriff Tim Maxted, and I think we’re both learning from each other. It’s been a brilliant experience so far and has definitely encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a dog handler for Leicestershire Police.”

Victoria attended a small ceremony at Leicestershire Police Headquarters where she was presented with her new uniform and met the High Sheriff for the first time.

Tim Maxted, the High Sheriff of Leicestershire, said: “Not only does the High Sheriff’s Cadet play an important role in supporting the High Sheriff at events, they are also a visible demonstration of our strong relationship with Leicestershire Police. I was extremely pleased to appoint Victoria as the first ever female High Sheriff Cadet, and I look forward to following her future career with the force.”

Victoria follows in the footsteps of Police Community Support Officer Jordan Brown and Special Constable Ellis Martin, who both previously held the title of High Sheriff Cadet for Leicestershire Police.

Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith, Chair of the force’s Women’s Inclusive Network, said: “I am delighted to hear that Victoria has been selected for this role. I am sure she will be a great role model for others and will inspire people to join Leicestershire Police in one of the various roles that are available in the force. I thoroughly look forward to seeing her fulfil her dreams of being a police dog handler in the future.”

Recruitment for Leicestershire Police’s Volunteer Police Cadet programme will be open from Thursday 1 March until Saturday 31 March 2018. The programme invites young people aged 13 to 17 years to add an extra dimension to their lives, and gain valuable skills and experience while helping their community.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit to find out more and to download an information pack. The application forms will go live on Thursday 1 March at 9am.

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