YOUNG police cadets have been getting involved in a new campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour in Ashington.
The teenage cadets helped distribute 700 anti-crime questionnaire in the town – supervised by the Ashington Neighbourhood Policing Team and Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery – as part of the safer summer campaign.
The 14 and 15-year-olds went on patrol with regular officers, spoke to residents about the new campaign and sought feedback on issues they would like to see tackled in their neighbourhood.
Survey results will be shared with partners to focus on improving the area for residents.
Cadet leader Anthony Pattison, of Northumberland Area Command, said: “This was the first time our cadets had been on patrol and they did a great job supporting local officers.
“They are an excellent example of socially conscious young people wanting to help local residents and police deal with anti-social behaviour.”
The work also forms part of ‘Put yourself in their shoes’ – the forcewide police campaign tackling anti-social behaviour and urging people to think about how their actions can affect others.
Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce, added: “Young people congregating on a street corner is not necessarily an offence but can be intimidating to others and we’re asking them to understand how they may be perceived by putting themselves in other people’s shoes and to be mindful of their actions.
“We’re also asking adults to be tolerant of young people and recognise the majority are not intent on causing anti-social behaviour and are simply socialising with friends.”
The area command’s team of 18 volunteer police cadets joined the force in May and have just completed their induction training.
They are now gearing up for outward bound expeditions to help them achieve Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards.