Police Cadets offered support to officers patrolling two of the county’s country parks in the run-up to Christmas.
The Cadets were called upon to support the Wellingborough Rural Safer Community Team, after a series of thefts from vehicles parked at beauty spots in the area.
The teenagers, aged between 15 and 18, were on hand to talk to people visiting Sywell Country Park and Summer Leys Nature Reserve to offer crime prevention advice, alongside members of the SCT.
Police Community Support Officer Paul Hurst, said: “It was really refreshing to be working with such enthusiastic young adults who are so keen to help and make a difference in the community.
“The cadets were very professional and knowledgeable in terms of the crime prevention advice they were giving to visitors to the country parks, and portrayed themselves and the role of a cadet in a very positive light.”
Volunteer Police Cadets were introduced to Northamptonshire Police in 2011.
They meet one night a week to learn about the police service and develop practical skills. They also work with local police and become part of their local SCT, helping out at events and offering crime prevention advice.
Anyone parking in country parks and other beauty spots are reminded to make sure they lock and secure their vehicle and don’t leave anything on show that could be tempting for an opportunist thief.
The Cadets will again be joining up with members of the SCT to conduct regular patrols over the New Year.