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Young man becomes honorary police cadet

09 Dec 2016 10:45 AM

Cadet kyle [View Full Size]

Neighbourhood officers recruited a young man as a police cadet for a day, after a special request from his family.

Kyle from Wallsend, who has Down's Syndrome, is a big fan of the police and his family contacted their local neighbourhood team to ask them to send their son a Christmas card.

The team at Wallsend decided they could do better than that and called into the family home for a surprise visit. They arrived on his doorstep singing Christmas carols before hand delivering a card and some presents for Kyle, including a police cadet cap.

The night didn't finish there and the team then brought him down to the local police station where Kyle joined in with the North Tyneside Police Cadets session.

The cadets were watching a police interview scenario which they later discussed, and then chatted to Kyle and the officers over a few biscuits.

PC Graham Rowe, a member of Wallsend neighbourhood team who works with the cadets, said: "Our group was very pleased to welcome Kyle to our session. He was delighted to be here with us spending time with the other cadets and finding out more about policing. It was great to meet Kyle who is clearly such a great fan of the police and he obviously enjoyed the visit."

The cadets meet weekly at training sessions to learn about policing roles and develop team building skills they can use at school and in a future workplace.

Northumbria Police Volunteer Cadets join the scheme aged 14 or 15. Senior Cadets are aged around 17 and 18. For more information about the scheme visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk