Derbyshire teenagers learn about life on the beat

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Three new cadet schemes have been launched across the county to offer teenagers an exclusive insight into modern policing.

Young people aged 13 to 18 were invited to join schemes in Glossop, Chesterfield and Derby over the past few months.

Each unit includes 25 teenagers, all of whom will have the chance to take part in a wide range of policing activities such as test purchases at pubs, crowd control training, vehicle security patrols and speed watches.

The Chesterfield group, which meets in Parkside Community School started last week, while the Glossop group launched on Thursday, October 1 and meet in Glossopdale School.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “We have had a successful cadet scheme in Derby for a number of years which has supported and developed young people who are great ambassadors for the force.

“We are now expanding the scheme across the county and I’m particularly grateful to our partner schools, who are working with us to support the development of the young people who are becoming police cadets.

“The aim of the scheme is to give our cadets the opportunity to give something back to their community while gaining life skills. The cadets will gain an insight into policing and have the opportunity to undertake duties which support local policing.”

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “Police Cadets are a much appreciated part of our volunteer police family and play a big role in helping to connect young communities with their local police.

“There are big benefits to the Cadets as well, as they become more self-confident and learn valuable leadership skills which stand them in good stead for the future.”