Cadet to Constable - congratulations Kevin Thompson!
21 Mar 2017 12:00 PM[View Full Size]
A Newcastle man has finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer - seven years after he joined Northumbria Police as a police cadet.
Kevin Thompson was one of the force's first ever cadets when the scheme was launched in 2010, allowing him to fulfil a life-long passion to work for the police.
He spent four years as a cadet before he became the first ever cadet to join the Special Constabulary when he turned 18 in 2014.
That role saw him posted across Northern Area Command as he supported teams in 24/7 response policing.
He also supported officers at operations throughout the Northern Area Command and in 2016 he amassed more than 1,200 volunteering hours
And now 21 -year-old Kevin has finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer - after he was successful in his application to join the force as a constable.
He will start his front line training in May before taking his first steps in his new uniform in August 2017.
Kevin, who is yet to find out where he will be posted, said: "I cannot wait to pull on my uniform for the first time and walk down the street as a serving officer.
"It's all I've ever wanted to do since I was a child and the past few years as a police cadet, and then a special constable, have been a really good grounding for me.
"This is a fantastic organisation to work for and the diverse nature of the work I will have to deal with is an exciting, if not daunting, prospect.
"I'm ready to dive into it head first and serve my local community with a smile on my face. It is a really proud moment for me and I want to thank everyone I have worked with over the years for their support."
Chief Inspector Steve Hails said: "Kevin has been an invaluable asset to the force in recent years and it is a really proud to see him develop into a fully qualified police officer.
"He was the first of our cadets to become a special constable and last year alone he amassed more than 1,200 of volunteering hours which was among the highest in the force.
"That is made even more remarkable when you consider that he has also been working full-time in our Communications Centre as a contact handler.
"The fact that he has dedicated his life to policing shows just how committed he is to supporting our local communities and keeping the public safe.
"Kevin is the exact kind of person we want to recruit and has all the tools to become a fantastic police officer.
"It is a real testament to our Cadet scheme and we hope he can be an inspiration for any other young people who want to have a career in the police."
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