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West Mercia Police recruiting cadets in Worcestershire
7:40am Wednesday 9th January 2013 in News
WEST Mercia Police are recruiting volunteers aged 16 and 17 to join their cadet programme in September.
Teenagers who have an interest in policing and would like to make a difference in their community will need to be starting year 12 in September to apply.
West Mercia Police Cadets are recruiting across Worcestershire as well as Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
Cadets will take part in activities including self-defence training, marching, fitness, role-playing, team building weekends and outdoor events.
Cadets will also gain an insight into police life with guest speakers and by taking part in local community policing events.
Sergeant Alex Warner, who has set up the programme, said: “We are delighted that we are now able to offer this exciting opportunity to teens across the whole of our force area.
"Being a cadet is about discipline, friendship, teamwork and gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference to your community and developing yourself for any future career.”
Activities also include supporting the police at public events, delivering crime prevention advice, visiting vulnerable and elderly care homes and mystery shopper activities to curb the underage sale of alcohol, knives, fireworks and cigarettes.
Sergeant Warner added: “You will also have the opportunity to gain a BTEC Diploma in public service skills, which is a practically based qualification that you will attain through your activities in the cadets.
"We are looking to sign up 14 new cadets for each policing area to start in September 2013.”
Applicants will need to fill in an application form by March 8, attend a formal interview and take part of the police initial recruitment test.
Successful applicants in North Worcestershire will meet every Thursday at Kingsley School, in Redditch.
To download an application form visit westmercia.police.uk/policecadets/