Young people in Kettering will soon be able to get a taste of policing when a Northamptonshire Police cadet scheme launches in the town.
The scheme, which has been successfully running in Northampton for two years, is set to be launched in Kettering in January 2014. And an open evening is being held for teenagers in and around Kettering to find out more.
The open evening will be held on Tuesday, September 17, at Kettering Borough Council’s offices in Bowling Green Road, from 7pm to 9pm. Applications for the new scheme will be accepted from Monday, September 23 and remain open for four weeks. Thirty places will be available and applicants must be aged 16 when the scheme starts on January 6, 2014.
Police cadets meet one evening a week to learn about the police service and develop practical skills. The new Kettering cadets will also work with local police and become part of Kettering safer community team, helping out at events and offering crime prevention advice.
The Kettering cadets are asked to commit their time every Wednesday evening, 6pm-9pm during the school term, and volunteer to support their safer community team.
Lizzi Betts, cadets and volunteers team leader, said: “This is an exciting time for the cadets’ scheme and we hope as many young people as possible are able to come along to the open evening in Kettering to find out more.”
She added: “The cadet scheme is an excellent way for young people to gain experience of policing, develop personal skills, build their confidence, make new friends, understand social responsibility and make a difference in the community.”
Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “I’m excited the police cadet scheme is set to expand to Kettering. Plans are also underway for the scheme to expand even further next year into Wellingborough and Daventry. I have spent time with many of the current intake of cadets and have been really impressed with how enthusiastic they are and their contribution to making Northamptonshire the safest place in the country.”