Teenagers in Corby given chance to learn about local policing

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YOUNG people in Corby are being offered the chance to learn what it is like to be part of a community policing team.

Police have launched a new Jam in the Hood project for local young people.

Building on the success of previous schemes, Northamptonshire Police, Groundwork Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire County Council and Corby Borough Council have set up another of the popular projects, which bring together a group of young people to get involved in a variety of educational and community based activities.

Eighteen young people aged between 12 and 16 have been selected to work with the Corby Safer Community Team, where they will have the opportunity find out more about local policing through courses held on a Tuesday evening.

Over the next 12 weeks, the young people taking part in the project will be working towards ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) accreditations in community volunteering.

The team, sporting distinctive purple Jam in the Hood tops, will spend time with neighbourhood associations, primary schools, and elderly groups. They will be asking members of the public if there are any issues that concern them about where they live.

The group will learn what it is like to be part of the Safer Community Team and will also visit several specialist police departments, including the firearms unit, road policing team, helicopter unit and dog section. They will also be able to experience what police officers face when attending a scene of crime, joining officers and forensic teams in acting out a ‘real-life’ scenario.

Sergeant Julie Mead, who leads the project, said: “The project is celebrating some of the great things our young people can do. It gives them key skills for life, and helps to break down stereotypes.”

“The reality is that the vast majority of our young people contribute positively to our communities and we must never lose sight of that.”

The aim of Jam in the Hood is to give young people a greater understanding of how police and partner agencies work and their role in making better and safer communities, while helping to change the negative perceptions that some people within the community may have of young people.