Chance for youngsters to join the police cadets

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An open evening is being held in March for any youngsters who are interested in joining the police cadets.

The event is taking place at 7pm on Thursday, March 21, at Police Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton.

Cadet leader Yvonne Mason said: “There are many benefits of becoming a cadet, from making new friends and building confidence to developing valuable skills and making a real difference in the community.

“Many of our cadets are looking to continue their careers within the police and hope to become special constables and police officers.

“Some of the activities and training our cadets receive include law and police procedures, team building activities, crime prevention, fitness training and first aid.

“The open evening is a great opportunity for young people who think they may be interested to come along and find out more.”

She added: “The cadet scheme promotes a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people and encourages the spirit of adventure and good citizenship.

“Cadets support local policing priorities through volunteering and the scheme gives young people a chance to be heard. We inspire young people to participate positively in their communities.”

Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “The cadet scheme is an excellent way in which young people can get involved in helping to make Northamptonshire a safer place.

“I have met many cadets over the past few months and been very impressed with them and with the cadet scheme.

“Currently I am working on plans which will see the cadet scheme substantially expanded to add greater involvement and presence right across the county.”

The police cadet scheme is for young people aged between 16 and 19 – those joining must be 16 at the start of the academic year and must achieve a GCSE Grade C or above in English.

Places are limited so anyone who wants to attend the open evening needs to reserve a place by registering their interest by sending an email to cadets@northants.pnn.police.uk.