One of our very own students, Fin Wells, has been presented an award by the High Sheriff of Surrey for his exceptional work as the High Sheriff Cadet. This well-deserved position saw Fin assisting Dr Julie Llewelyn, the High Sheriff of Surrey, at county visits and events, building trust and offering his professional support when necessary. When chatting with Fin he spoke very highly of his time as a Police Cadet and when asked about his position as High Sheriff Cadet he replied ‘it was an incredible opportunity and extremely enjoyable’.
First… little bit about the High Sheriff, this is an independent non-political Royal appointment who holds the position for a single year. Over time the duties of the role have evolved, however, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain essential even today. They are very active in crime reduction incentives, many also support local charities who work with the vulnerable, assisting where they can. In total there are 55 High Sheriff’s throughout England and Wales today, they are unpaid positions and are selected via nominations.
Fin has always had a passion for the police force, joining the Police Cadets at 15 years old, he has volunteered at numerous local events over the years. Helping charity and public events with organisations such as Challengers, Fin has done it all, from parking marshal to more general support throughout the event. Throughout his time as a Police Cadet, Fin’s passion only increased as he took on more responsibility, firstly gaining a promotion to Deputy Head Cadet and then on to High Sheriff Cadet. One highlight Fin mentioned was getting the chance to meet the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, who visited the Surrey Police HQ to announce the new Beating Crime Plan.
Fin is currently an Upper Sixth student studying for his Politics, Law and Sociology A-Levels. The combination of theory and his practical experience in the Police Cadets should marry perfectly, offering an objective yet informed picture. Looking forward to the chance to join the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) later this year, Fin is working hard and excited about his next steps.
Congratulations Fin! Wishing you and all the other Police Cadets good luck and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.