Cadets help event run smoothly
Dated: 15 May 2012[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police volunteer cadets lined up for duty at a charity fun run in Newcastle.
The Children’s Cancer Run saw thousands of people completing a five mile cross country at Newcastle Racecourse raising funds for North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR).
Supervised by Sergeant Alan Parks and PC Alicia Swindells, six of the force’s teenage cadets helped with staffing the missing/found children’s reception area, provided reassurance patrols and supported regular officers to ensure the event ran smoothly.
Northumbria Police’s Cadet Leader, Sgt Alan Parks, said: "This provided another great opportunity for our second year cadets to obtain a real policing experience.
“Sunday’s event was really busy with lots of runners, spectators and volunteers attending so it was good for our young volunteers to show how they can help police and organisers at public events.
They really got involved and were extremely conscientious in what was a very busy day, and we are very proud of their efforts."
The run organiser and former Northumbria officer Tony Gilroy, added: "It was good to have the volunteer cadets to help with the lost and found children reception area as well as other duties. The event attracted crowds of over 20,000 people so it was a great learning curve for these young volunteers.
"They were a credit to the force and themselves and I wish the cadets all the very best for the future and we'll look forward to seeing them again next year."
Those participating are in their second year of Northumbria Police’s volunteer cadet scheme and working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Silver awards. They will soon be joined at the force by another 108 new recruits based at locations across the force area.
Pictured on patrol are cadets Courtney Wright (16) and Kevin Thompson (16) at Greggs Children's cancer run at Newcastle racecourse on Sunday.