The latest intake of Gateshead Police Cadets is all kitted out for action, thanks to grant funding by The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council.
The funding, from the housing company’s Sustainable Communities Fund and the council’s Local Community Fund, has helped to provide the Cadets with litter-picking equipment, walkie-talkies, and a gazebo and flag to use at community events.
The Gateshead Police Cadets support the Neighbourhood Policing teams by attending community events to offer crime prevention advice, and by patrolling neighbourhoods that are experiencing crime and anti-social behaviour.
They also undertake test purchasing (attempting to buy age-restricted items), work with community groups to encourage engagement, and share skills with partners such as the Youth Offending Team and the Fire Service.
The Cadets help the housing company with litter-picking to improve the appearance of estates, small gardening tasks in communal areas, and letter-drops to identify neighbourhood issues.
This year’s intake of Cadets was recently sworn in at their Attestation ceremony at Kingsmeadow School in Dunston.
The new Cadets will now go through a ten-week induction course to ensure that when they go out into the community they give the best possible image of Northumbria Police. Their training includes diversity; standards of behaviour; and vulnerability, hate crime and victim support.
Neighbourhood Housing Manager Richard Finlow said: “We wanted to support the Police Cadets because it’s a great way for young people to complete their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and can also lead to employment, an apprenticeship or further education.”
If you are interested in joining Gateshead Police Cadets, visit the Northumbria Police website for more details.
To make a suggestion or find out more about how you can help improve your estate, contact your housing office or read about our Sustainable Communities Fund.