Teenagers graduate after 13-week police course

Jam in the Hood youngsters celebrate the end of their course by holding an awards evening at The Castle, Wellingborough.
Jam in the Hood youngsters celebrate the end of their course by holding an awards evening at The Castle, Wellingborough.

A graduation ceremony has been held for a group of Wellingborough teenagers who completed a 13-week course in policing.

And the youngsters also presented an award to the Telegraph for services to young people.

The Jam in the Hood scheme, run by the police and Groundwork Northamptonshire, is designed to give young people a greater understanding of how police and partner agencies work, while also helping to change any negative perceptions of young people.

During the 13-week course the group of 16 teenagers took part in a residential trip, helped out at the force open day and visited the police dog unit.

The graduation ceremony was held at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough on Tuesday, October 9, where all the youngsters received certificates in recognition of their achievement. Awards were also presented to the Telegraph and Wellingborough Council, which co-funded the project.

Insp Julie Mead, Wellingborough sector commander, said: “The graduation was a celebration to mark the end of the Jam in the Hood project, and to mark the successes the young people have had during the 13-week project.”

Ann-Marie Lawson, director of youth services at Groundwork, said: “The project has given these young people an idea of how the community works, and what it’s like to be part of the community instead of being perceived as the problem.

“They are an amazing group of young people and they all went above and beyond.”