DAAC Manager Bryan Russell (L) with PCC Ron Hogg (R)
Durham’s first troop of volunteer police cadets is set to march into its second year of service.
Twenty-six of them will pass out on Sunday (July 5) after a parade inspection by Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg. They will also be presented with a certificate and a medal.
The volunteer police cadet scheme began in April of last year, 16 years after the force’s previous cadet scheme ended.
Run by the Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC) and Durham Constabulary, with support from Mr Hogg, the scheme has two units, one based in Darlington, the other in Durham, coving the south and north of County Durham, respectively.
Mr Hogg said: "This is an excellent scheme which supports our strategy to engage with young people and also recognises the tremendous contribution that young people make to communities. I am confident that they will use the training received during their first year as cadets to further enhance their skills as they progress into their second year."
Ranging in age from 14 to 17, the cadets train one night per week and take an active part in events and community initiatives on behalf of the force and other agencies.
PC Iain Robertson, DAAC project coordinator, said: “Cadet training is varied and both classroom-based and outdoor. They learn about common policing issues, multi-agency working and legal procedure to give them an insight into police life.
“The focus is also on physical fitness, team building and outdoor adventure. The cadets attend a summer residential course in the Lake District, involving rock climbing, gorge walking and canoeing. They are also tasked with completing climbs of Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis in support of local charities during their time on the scheme.”
In their second year the cadets will be called upon to support the new starters’ training, learn more about police work and the law, as well as taking part in local problem-solving initiatives.
Applications are available for the next batch of recruits and it is hoped another 30 will be in post from September.
Posted on Wednesday 1st July 2015