Police Cadet Scheme launched
Dated: 23 Sep 2010
Would be Dixon of Dock Greens are being given the opportunity to find out about policing at first hand.
Teens from Gateshead are being given the opportunity to apply for Northumbria Police's 12 month volunteer cadet scheme designed not only to be a great way of learning new skills but also to give an insight into policing.
In the pilot scheme starting in November, 18 uniformed cadets will take part in drills as well as an attestation and passing out parade. They will learn about the different sections of the force and take part in community events.
Over the past 16 months Gateshead Area Command has researched and designed the programme with assistance from central departments, supported by Gateshead Community Network.
Sgt Alan Parks, Gateshead’s Training Officer, put the programme together following consultation with local communities.
He said: “This is a new and exciting initiative for young people who wish to develop their life skills and make a contribution to their communities.”
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.