AROUND 100 young people are to be recruited to serve as Nottinghamshire Police Cadets.
The aim is to increase greater engagement between the force and young people, especially those from minority, under-represented and deprived sections of the community.
A total of 90 cadets will be recruited with more than half based in the city.
The cadets will meet once a week on a weekday evening, where they will learn about a range of topics including; police history, first aid, conflict management skills and campaigns; including those to reduce road traffic accidents, anti-social behaviour, and alcohol related crime.
Cadets will also take part in team building exercises, sports activities, and will have the opportunity to learn about specialist police units, like the dog section and the underwater search unit.
As part of the cadet programme, cadet’s will volunteer four hours a month to assist the police in attending public events, delivering crime prevention initiatives, conducting crime surveys and general public engagement activities.
Supt Paul Anderson, who has been involved in developing the programme, said: “We hope this will provide an opportunity for teenagers from all around Nottinghamshire to unearth their hidden talents, realise their full potential and prepare them for a career in the future.”
“We hope that those involved in the programme will be encouraged to consider a career with Nottinghamshire Police; however we do recognise that the cadet program will appeal to those who wish to follow a different employment path.”
The programme will provide participants with early volunteering experience that will provide valuable skills and knowledge that will aid them in their chosen careers whatever they may be, but also provide them with a useful insight into the police.
The new programme follows the successful delivery of cadet programmes in other forces.