New recruits welcomed to Force
Dated: 05 Nov 2010
Eighteen new Cadets took part in their first training evening earlier this week, as part of Northumbria Police's pilot volunteer scheme for young people living in Gateshead.
The young recruits, aged 14, were welcomed to the force by Gateshead Area Commander Chief Supt Graham Davis. They were also introduced to their course leaders before receiving training manuals and a course syllabus.
To be accepted on the volunteer programme the new recruits went through a rigorous application process, structured interviews and vetting.
Over the next twelve weeks they will be taught a variety of topics including; the history of the British Police Force, First Aid training, problem solving techniques and the importance of partnership working.
Once the initial induction phase is completed in January 2011 the Cadets will be issued with their specially designed uniforms and will take their oaths at a formal ceremony to which parents and family members will be invited in February 2011.
The young recruits will then start a year-long training phase which will see them contributing to community life in Gateshead, developing their life skills and completing the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. In November next year, the Cadets will also take part in a Remembrance Day Parade.
Chief Supt Graham Davis said: "Northumbria Police recognises that young people have an important part to play within their communities. By providing them with opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities the course we've developed will help them enhance their life and citizenship skills.
"In this way our structured training programme will complement their personal and social development and prepare them for higher education and future careers.
"The first training evening was a great success with all of the Cadets making valuable contributions, we are now looking forward to working with them over the 12-months."