Cadets halfway through initial training
Dated: 15 Jan 2011
Teen police cadets are halfway through their initial induction training.
The ten boys and eight girls from Gateshead commenced their training with Northumbria Police at the start of November and have now completed six weeks of induction training.
So far the 14-year-olds have completed equality and diversity awareness training, navigated the force's website and enrolled on the Duke of Edinburgh personal development scheme. They have also started police problem solving exercises in preparation for community-based work they'll complete in partnership with Neighbourhood Policing Team officers covering the Dunston, Sunniside, Swalwell, Teams and Whickham areas of Gateshead.
Once the induction phase of their training is completed in February, the youngsters will be issued with their cadet uniforms and take their oaths at a formal ceremony in front of parents and friends.
Sergeant Alan Parks who is leading the volunteer cadet programme said: "The volunteers have been enthusiastic and shown a strong interest in policing as well as energetic participants in the training they have completed.
"So far they've finished some basic but important foundation training that is the basis of encouraging positive leadership and helping them gain qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We're optimistic of their abilities to develop transferable skills in team working, communications and good citizenship. Being a volunteer cadet is all about teamwork and developing them to become the best they can be."