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Cadets join thin blue line

These 15 youngsters, aged 15 to 18, are the first recruits in the newly launched Police Youth Scheme

These 15 youngsters, aged 15 to 18, are the first recruits in the newly launched Police Youth Scheme

  • by Jackie Turley
 

They are the short arm of the law.

These 15 youngsters, aged 15 to 18, are the first recruits in the newly launched Police Youth Scheme.

Constable Mike Griffiths said: ‘The idea behind the Youth Scheme is for a team of young people representing the police to work in our communities across the island, to learn about police and they will be also undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.’

The 15 cadets were selected from more than 100 applicants for the two-year programme.

They have passed the foundation programme, which has seen them learning about the rank structure, what makes a good police officer, the importance of appearance, and keeping pocket notebooks up to date.

The cadets will be organising and attending community events of their choice and future plans include a charity abseil.

Their first fundraiser, a coffee morning and raffle, was held on Saturday morning at Southlands resource centre, Port Erin.

They will also be helping a range of organisations, such as Beach Buddies.

Mr Griffiths said: ‘We are looking for any organisations that thinks we could assist to get in touch and let us know what we can do.’

He said they were excited to receive their uniforms, which are adapted surplus old officers’ uniform, which make them easily recognisable as police cadets.

 

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