Yesterday we were invited to join the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Police Cadets who were visiting the Lancashire Police Forensic Science Academy.

Staff from within the academy talked through different areas of testing including drugs and DNA. Cadets were encouraged to ask  questions and enjoyed the practical tasks of fingerprint taking and analysing trainer prints. We learnt how forensic investigations support lines of enquiry and how the information is submitted to the  Crown Prosecution Service.


Following the interactive forensics tour we had a further talk and tour of the Digital Media Investigations Unit. Due to the intricate work involved in digital investigations we are unable to tell you more about this part of the visit!

We would like to thank the staff involved in organising the tour, the cadets themselves for provoking such interesting discussions with their questions and the Cadet Coordinator for inviting us along.

If you are interesting in getting involved with our Lancashire Police Cadets, roles are advertised for 13-17 year old and applications are usually open in springtime and are advertised here. For everyone aged 18 and above we have roles available to support the Cadet Coordinator, this requires a weekly term time online only commitment and occasionally volunteering on weekends to support awareness activities in the local community. You can find more information on the roles currently available by clicking here.

Police Cadet and Cadet Leader roles are subject to police vetting and for Cadet Leader roles a DBS is required.