Youngsters invited to join police and fire service

Latest news from Northumbria Police.
Latest news from Northumbria Police.

Northumbria Police is giving young people the opportunity to join the force as recruitment for police cadets is opened.

The police cadet scheme is a four-year project that gives participants the opportunity to see what it is like to be a police officer. Those who take part gain great skills and experience, helping to develop their future prospects.

Cadets provide invaluable support to policing teams across the force, from assisting at community events, taking part in crime-prevention initiatives and carrying out online meetings to find out what concerns the community.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “The cadet scheme is a fantastic way for young people to gain skills and experience they may not otherwise have the opportunity to. The four-year scheme sees young people see what it is like to be a police officer and be involved in the work police officers do as well as work towards the Duke of Edinburgh award.

“Northumbria Police covers a vast area made up of diverse communities and we want to hear from young people from all sorts of backgrounds as they will all have something they can bring to the team and hopefully also find it incredibly rewarding.”

For more information about the scheme and how to apply, visit the Northumbria Police website.

Meanwhile, young people in Northumberland are being urged to get involved in youth-engagement projects which have won national recognition.

This month, the UK Fire and Rescue Service has won a Big Society award from the Government, celebrating its ground-breaking work with young people. The award recognises the range of initiatives the service offers to young people across the country.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service provide an abundance of opportunities for young people to get involved with, where they can gain qualifications and valuable experience, as well as enjoying themselves.

The Northumberland Young Firefighters Association gives 13-17 year olds living in the county the chance to learn firefighting skills including getting hands-on experience and learning rescue techniques.

he Prince’s Trust Team Programme offers 16 to 25-year-olds work experience and practical skills, while gaining a nationally recognised qualification which could help with future career aspirations.

The fire and rescue service also has a volunteer scheme which gives young people the chance to put something back into their community, while trying out new experiences, developing their CV and making friends along the way.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and policy board member responsible for the fire and rescue service, said: “Members of our young firefighters association, those taking part in the Prince’s Trust Programme and our volunteers make an important and valued contribution to the excellent service provided by our fire and rescue team in Northumberland.”

For anyone interested in getting involved with any opportunities with the fire service, information can be found on the council’s website.