Teenage cadets to patrol town

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Teenage police cadets will be patrolling the streets of Eastwood in an initiative run by the police force for the first time in more than 30 years.

Nottinghamshire Police has recruited 70 volunteer cadets county-wide, six of which will be patrolling alongside officers in the Eastwood area over the coming months.

Laura Miles from Swingate, Kimberley, is one of them.

She has always wanted to be a police officer and saw the recruitment of young volunteers as a way in.

The 17-year-old said: “Everyone said it’s hard to get in to so when I heard about this I thought it would be my chance.”

The cadets were recruited last September on a two year course.

The first year is mainly learning about the history of policing, meeting different departments and taking part in activities, and the second year will be more hands on policing.

Laura is in a group of 20 cadets based at Nottingham Central Station, where they meet every Tuesday.

The Kimberley School student said she loved what they had done so far, but was looking forward to getting out and about on the streets shadowing other officers.

“We’ve been introduced to the dog section and been to see the helicopter. It’s been great, but it will be good to experience what policing is all about.”

It is the first time in 30 years the force has recruited volunteer cadets.

The force is now recruiting for the next intake to start in September this year.

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