Background to the Cadet Scheme
Northumbria Police's Volunteer Police Cadet scheme was first launched as a pilot in Gateshead after extensive consultation with local communities and research with other forces across England and Wales.
Sergeant Alan Parks, Gateshead Area Command's training officer led this activity and developed the scheme's content, with assistance from central departments and support from Gateshead Community Network.
The pilot launched in November 2010 with 18 uniformed cadets taking part in drills, attestation and a passing out parade. They also learnt about the different sections of the force and participated in community events.
At the time of the launch, Chief Superintendent Graham Davis of Gateshead Area Command said: “The concept whilst not new takes a slightly different stance to what the force has done in the past or the schemes that exist elsewhere in the country.
"The programme will take a cross section of young people from Gateshead with the aim of assisting them to maximise their potential and in some cases diverting those who are at risk of offending.
"Delivery of the scheme will utilise resources that already exist within the Area Command and will not remove staff from frontline duties."
Joan Moon, chairperson of the Gateshead Community Network also added: "Gateshead Community Network is delighted that the pilot Northumbria Police Cadet Scheme is being launched.
"The Network has been working in partnership with officers from Gateshead Area Command to develop the scheme - strengthening the already good relationship we have with Northumbria Police".