Police cadet schemes

Police cadet schemes up and running in Accrington and Preston

LANCASHIRE Constabulary has 99 new police cadets starting in Accrington and Preston next week.

The cadet scheme provides teenagers aged 13 to 18 with the opportunity to develop their personal qualities and skills through a range of activities.

A total of 47 cadets – 30 juniors aged 13-15, and 17 seniors aged 16-18 – have started in Accrington.

52 cadets – 27 juniors and 25 seniors– have also started in Preston.

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre, who is coordinating the cadet scheme in Accrington, said: “This is a great scheme which we are extremely pleased to be able to offer to young people in the local area.

“The cadets bring with them a wealth of skills to the programme and to their community, truly representing the people that we serve and their own age groups in such a positive way.

“It’s going to be great working with youngsters who really want to make a difference to their community as well as their own lives, building on and learning new skills that will stay with them.

“They are all fired up and ready to get on with what we have planned for them.”

Sgt Helen Dixon, who is coordinating the scheme in Preston, added: “We are really excited about the launch of the scheme in Preston. The cadets we have recruited are enthusiastic and keen to get stuck into the programme.

“We are looking forward to working with them and hope that this will give them something positive to do as well as assisting them with their future career prospects.”

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