Young people in Kettering and Wellingboroughbetween 13 and 18 are being given an opportunity to become Volunteer Police Cadets.
There are now schemes in Wellingborough, Kettering, Daventry, Towcester and Northampton, and recruitment is taking place for a September 2015 intake.
Police Cadets meet one night a week to learn about the police service and develop practical skills – they volunteer with local police officers and PCSOs and become part of their local community team and helping out at events.
The cadets are asked to commit their time once a week from 6pm until 9pm during term time and volunteer an additional three hours per month.
Cadets will be following the National Voluntary Police Cadet Programme which is a curriculum framework. This covers different areas of police work that are relevant to the role of a cadet.
Cadets must be a minimum of 13 years of age when they start the scheme but can apply at the age of 12.
PC Hayley Lythgoe said: “This is a great chance for young people to play a really important part in making our communities safe and our cadets gain many benefits from the scheme. As well as getting involved with their local teams, we cover different areas of policing and law from across the organisation with them. Sessions include fitness, role play, leadership skills, confidence skills and self-development.”
The closing date for applying is Friday June 19 and more information is available on Northamptonshire Police’s website.