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Vera Baird praises cadets for 1,000 hours of volunteering in ONE WEEK

14th June 2017

Northumbria Police have praised their fantastic volunteer cadets – after the teenagers racked up more than 1,000 hours of volunteering in just ONE WEEK.

Around 300 of the police cadets volunteered across the force area as part of National Volunteers Week that ran between June 1 and June 7 this year.

That included a social evening with a local disability group, a litter pick, water awareness training with the fire service and helping out on a night shift at intu Metrocentre.

The cadets – who are all aged 14 or 17 – also supported neighbourhood officers with anti-social behaviour patrols in South Tyneside and with a speed watch scheme in North Shields.

A group of five cadets also completed their Duke of Edinburgh silver award with an expedition in the cheviots. That brought the total hours up to an impressive 1,064.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC, said: “Our cadets are fantastic young people who spend time within their local communities and who, whilst gaining new skills with Northumbria Police, are committed to making a difference. 1000 hours is an impressive achievement –  the time they have given will have had a positive impact on the lives of local residents and is very much appreciated by us all.”

Superintendent Sarah Pitt, who is the force lead for volunteers, has praised the teenagers for their commitment and hard work.

She said: “The commitment of our police cadets never fails to amaze me and those who gave up their free time this year deserve a huge amount of praise.

“They are a vital resource in helping us to reassure local communities and are a massive help to local neighbourhood policing teams in their work to reassure their local communities.

“To stack up more than 1,000 hours in volunteering in just seven days is amazing when you consider that these cadets are giving up their own time.

“They are a credit to everyone at Northumbria Police and shows just how successful the cadet scheme has been here in our region.”