A GROUP of police cadets started a journey of personal development across the region this week.
A total of 108 young volunteers, aged 14 and 15, attended first training sessions with police at locations in North Tyneside, Northumberland, Gateshead, Newcastle, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
Cadet leaders introduced themselves to the teenagers and senior officers welcomed them to the force.
They also got an outline of the first year’s learning programme of the exciting new programme seeing them learn new skills, develop teamworking abilities, obtain an insight into police work and participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
After completing initial training they will get specially designed cadet uniforms and take an oath in formal ceremonies to which family and friends will be invited.
Inspector Louise Cass-Williams said: “I had the pleasure of meeting the cadets and I’m already hugely impressed by their energy and enthusiasm. I’m looking forward to working with them over the coming months and wish them every success.”
Sgt Alan Parks, forcewide cadet co-ordinator, added: “The recruitment phase saw us receive over 300 applications from young people, highlighting the strong interest in volunteer police cadets.
“We’re aiming to equip them with new life skills and work with them to make valuable contributions to their communities. They’ll also have something very eye-catching to add to their CVs.”
The volunteer police cadets were selected after participating in an interview and passing security vetting.