Cadets hit the street for the first time

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 January 2013

The police cadets in their uniforms

The police cadets in their uniforms

Ray Bradley

TWENTY police cadets from North Somerset have been out and about in Weston as part of a police operation this winter.

The young volunteers, who hail from every school in the district as well as the Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar and are aged 14-17, will be taught self-defence and get police training as part of the cadet project.

The 30 cadets were picked from 60 initial applicants, with the scheme launched by Avon and Somerset Constabulary after a pilot project in South Gloucestershire.

Two teams of 10 cadets took part in Operation Jingle on December 13 and 20, which tied in with the annual late-night shopping in Weston and is designed to deter antisocial behaviour and issue crime prevention advice.

They gave out hundreds of crime prevention packs in the Sovereign Shopping Centre and High Street during the operation.

PC Ray Bradley, who is organising the cadet scheme, said: “It was the first time the cadets took part in a police activity in public and it gave them all a great sense of pride whilst boosting their confidence and giving them experience in talking to the public.”

The cadet unit will be officially launched at an event at Churchill Academy at 7pm on January 10. The event was originally scheduled for November 22 but was cancelled due to bad weather.

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