Teenagers given chance to make a difference in their communities
A NEW police cadet unit – the first in North Somerset for 30 years – has been launched.
Sixteen girls and boys, aged between 14 and 17 from across North Somerset, have joined the new unit of the Avon and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadets.
The aim of the unit, run by police officers, staff and volunteers in their spare time, is to engage with young people and offer teenagers the chance to make a difference in their communities.
The cadet scheme has been running as a pilot for the past year in South Gloucestershire, where 29 cadets are learning about all aspects of policing.
The new unit, based at Churchill Academy, meets each Thursday night during term time. After initial training, the cadets get involved with helping their communities.
PC Ray Bradley QPM said: "These young people – like the vast majority of youngsters – want to take on new challenges and make a contribution to the community.
"By volunteering as police cadets they'll be making a difference and gaining valuable experiences which will help them become useful members of society, no matter what career path they choose."
The scheme is run by officers, special constables, police staff and police support volunteers in their spare time with costs met through grants, donations and sponsorship.