Build strength and courage to be the person you want to be, become a Volunteer Police Cadet

03 Oct 2016 14:00 PM

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Young people across the region are being invited to join the next intake of Northumbria Police's Volunteer Police Cadet's.

Next week recruitment for this year's scheme will open giving young people aged 14 and 15 the chance to open up a whole new world of opportunity.

Volunteer Police Cadets are an important part of Northumbria Police with teenagers on the scheme becoming involved with the work of neighbourhood policing teams across the force, helping to solve local issues as well as delivering crime prevention advice and joining teams out on patrol.

The cadets also take part in some of the region's biggest events including the International Sunderland Airshow and the Great North Run - some cadets even featured on national TV in the run up to this year's half marathon as they joined in with the warm up!

As well as high profile events, cadets also get involved in local community fun days.

Northumbria Police's Volunteer Police Cadet scheme equips youngsters with valuable life skills to help them build strength and courage for any future career path with a dedicated cadet leader on hand to offer support and guidance to help individuals succeed and become the very best.

Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said: "We have a fantastic bunch of cadets – who do all sorts of good work from visiting vulnerable people to helping at public events - they’re a real asset to the force and I am very grateful for all they do. This scheme really is a great opportunity for young people from our local communities to learn new skills whilst playing a valuable part in helping our officers make Tyne and Wear a better place to live."

Superintendent Sarah Pitt is a key driving force behind Citizens in Policing and volunteering in Northumbria.

She said: "At the very heart of the cadetship is the sense of community and citizenship with young people on the scheme working as part of a team to develop important life skills.

"Cadets learn a host of practical skills but the main benefit we see and hear about is how much it helps them grow in confidence and every aspect of the scheme is very much aimed at giving young people the opportunity to gain life changing skills to succeed in life.

"A key aspect of being a cadet is the Duke of Edinburgh Award and all cadets are given to the opportunity to enrol on the award scheme with Northumbria Police having one of the most successful completion rates across the country. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the very essence of the cadet scheme and supports our aim of giving our cadets opportunities to develop to their full potential.

Recruitment for the next intake will open on Monday, October 10.

Supt Pitt added: "I would urge anyone who is interested in the scheme to apply, we want to hear from young people from a wide range of backgrounds with different and varying experiences, even if people think the scheme may not be suitable for them I would encourage them to get in contact and speak to us as they may find they're are wrong and would be a perfect candidate.

"I really would encourage people to be the difference and apply for the scheme."

Last year three of our current Volunteer Police Cadets had this to say to our newest recruites:-

VPC Rachel Kenny

"After two years, there is so much to reflect on and I have loved every second of. Through the Police Cadets I have been fortunate enough to work at the Great North Run, Pride, the Walk for Peace and the Remembrance Sunday Parade. It has also played a large part in my life, and I'm sure my group would agree, in character building. At our first training session there was a sort of stunned silence and now you couldn't shut us up if you tried. We have become confident young members of society and whenever I am approached with a problem or a question, I am much more comfortable with solving it now. I have cherished my time as a cadet and anyone considering joining should have no hesitation. You will make some of the most amazing memories, the best of friends and colleagues and build life skills which will carry you throughout your future. Welcome and good luck to all the new recruits!"

VPC Corey Graham

"I joined the Newcastle Volunteer Police Cadets in 2014, and I have never looked back. In the past 2 years I've been able to develop my team working, communication and thinking skills, learn more about the different roles within the police and made new and lifelong friends. Cadets has helped me to become a more confidence person and has taught me things that I can use all throughout life, not just within the police. It is a great experience and I look forward to the coming years. I would encourage anyone who thinks about joining the cadets to take the plunge and join us - you won't regret it."

VPC Peter Black

"Since joining the North Tyneside Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme at the end of 2014, I have been thrown into an environment of learning, support and encouragement from both newly found friends and the officers and staff who make the cadets the experience that it is for us. It's a scheme which I can't recommend enough to teenagers and one which is always looking forward. The lessons learned are valuable in all sorts of ways and are not always specific to the police. The means that whatever life brings, the Volunteer Police Cadets is a fantastic scheme to belong to and one that I am proud to be a part of."

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