TEENAGERS have the chance to learn more about a police force by becoming a cadet.
Cleveland Police Cadet Programme is recruiting in the districts of Hartlepool, Stockton, which includes Billingham, Wolviston and parts of Wynyard, Middlesbrough and Redcar.
Anyone aged between 13 and 16 can apply and each district has a cadet group that is run by police officers, police community support officers, youth workers and volunteers who meet every week.
The uniformed personal development programme was launched in 2009 and brings together a mix of young people from across Cleveland.
The community-minded youngsters develop team-working, leadership and communication skills while building confidence and motivation.
They have fun and make new friends while getting involved in a range of community projects.
A range of activities is run each week, from murder mystery nights and policing quizzes to expedition walks.
Cadets also do regular team sports, from five-a-side to hockey and they take part in an annual cadet camp.
Cleveland Police cadet programme co-ordinator Georgina Hand said: “It’s very rewarding to watch how the cadets develop over the course of the programme and to see the contributions that they make to their local communities.
“The programme fosters a sense of responsibility for the communities in which they live, as well as a broader understanding of operational policing.”
Any budding cadets who would like to apply for the programme should email their full name, address, date of birth and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0845 2713872.