Cadets will soon join the ranks of Humberside Police thanks to a £10,000 donation from leading Hull firm Arco, as part of the work of the High Sheriff on behalf of the Tribune Trust.
We have already recruited 30 young people – aged 15 to 18 – from across the force, who will be taking up their posts in January.
And from April we will be recruiting a further 60 young people, who will be in post by September.
Chief Constable Justine Curran said:
“This is a really exciting new initiative that will create the opportunity for young people to learn about policing and for us to learn more about the issues that matter to young people. We have wanted to do this for some time but now with the help of the PCC and the High Sheriff we are able to get this off the ground.
“We will be opening the opportunity to young people in Hull and Grimsby to begin with before widening it to the rest of the area. We are hoping to engage young people who may not automatically think of the police in a positive way and to see if we can change this by working with them.
“Once they have joined they will get a series of formal sessions that will help them learn more about the many aspects of policing from community policing to crime scene investigation, but also develop their own skills. They will also be required to volunteer with the force for a minimum of three hours per month to build upon these sessions.
“I am really looking forward to officially welcoming our new cadets in January and seeing what a positive difference it makes.”
Joint MD of Arco and High Sheriff of the East Riding of East Yorkshire, Thomas Martin said he was delighted to be able to support the scheme, as it will provide a fantastic opportunity for young people – whatever their background – to forge closer ties and perhaps a career with the force.
“Arco is hugely proud to be associated with Humberside Police and to be a key part of this new cadet scheme. We are privileged to be able to play a role and to restore the cadets after an absence of almost 20 years.
“We are also proud to be based in Hull and take our role in the community very seriously, so to be able to work with the force and support this initiative, which will leave behind a lasting legacy, is extremely important to Arco. It supports our existing commitment to Lifestyle and Rock Challenge and the work of the Tribune Trust.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for both the force and the young people to get involved and make a real difference in their area, throughout the area.
“What really excites me is the potential for the cadets scheme to become a platform that launches multiple careers and career opportunities for young people, whether that’s becoming an officer, working as police staff, volunteering as a special constable, or becoming involved with one of the force’s many partners.”
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