Farewell to Jammers after year with police

Jam in the Hood youngsters at Kettering council offices alongside council leader Russell Roberts, Inspector Matt Wright, Sergeant Julie Mead and PCSO Michael Roche

Jam in the Hood youngsters at Kettering council offices alongside council leader Russell Roberts, Inspector Matt Wright, Sergeant Julie Mead and PCSO Michael Roche

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Youngsters who have been a part of a police community scheme have received their accreditation.

The 12, who have been part of the Jam in the Hood initiative in Kettering over the last year, picked up their certificates at a special ceremony at the borough council offices on Tuesday, April 2.

The scheme is designed to get young people involved in the community, including giving advice to residents of the town and visiting the Harry Potter House retirement home to bridge perceived inter-generational gaps.

They have also learnt about police work in a variety of fields – such as firearms and dog-handling – and been on team-building residential trips.

Awards were given out by Chief Inspector Chris Hillery and Charmain Taylor of Groundwork, a police partner in helping deliver the project.

The young people also awarded Kettering council a trophy for “excellence in youth engagement”.

Sergeant Julie Mead, who set up the Jam scheme, said: “The night went amazingly, with all 12 young people achieving their accreditations.

“We bid a sad farewell to the current Jammers but look forward to meeting our latest recruits next Wednesday, when they begin their Jamtastic journey.”