New police cadet scheme
PUBLISHED: 19:00 04 September 2012
A NEW police cadet unit will see public-spirited teenagers head out on the beat in North Somerset.
The Avon and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadet scheme will launch a new unit later this year in Churchill, and is recruiting youngsters aged 14-17.
Members of the group will meet once a week during term time to learn about policing and will then be able to get involved with policing in their communities.
Older cadets will be able to accompany PCSOs on foot patrols, help in house-to-house enquiries and join community Speedwatch teams as they monitor traffic speeds.
The launch of the scheme in North Somerset follows a successful pilot launched in South Gloucestershire in October 2011, which saw 29 cadets sign up.
Chief Superintendent Sarah Crew, South Gloucestershire police district commander, said: “The cadets have had a positive and direct effect on our communities.
“The feedback has been tremendous. When young people have a negative image these young people confound that image again and again.”
Recruitment for the new unit will last until September 23.
You can download application forms from www.avonandsomerset.police.uk