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Cleveland Police Cadet Programme

Established in 2009, the Cleveland Police Cadet programme was successfully managed by Safer Communities, until the Covid-19 pandemic struck and curtailed the programme.

The programme aims to equip each cadet with the necessary life skills and experience, helping to ensure, upon leaving, they are fully able to progress into the employment, further education, or training of their choosing. It is also an opportunity for young people to make a real difference to their local community by being involved in various social action projects and supporting local events.

What was the aim?

The Cleveland Police Cadet programme hopes to provide a long term structured developmental programme that is adventurous, informative and exciting for young people.

Young people aged between 13 and 17 are invited into the programme which consists of a cadet group in each of the four districts of Cleveland, (Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton).

The programme welcomes applications from young people from all communities and backgrounds including those who are vulnerable to social exclusion or involvement in crime.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Police Cadet programme has since been re-established and is now operated exclusively by Cleveland Police.

How did Safer Communities help?

  • Facilitated weekly sessions, from 6.30pm till 9.00pm at designated venues in Stockton, Hartlepool, Redcar and Middlesbrough.
  • Arranged participation in community projects and social action causes.
  • Held team sports such as hockey, football and basketball sessions.
  • Educated Cadets about crime and how the Police services works.  Cleveland Police would facilitate simulation exercises, which encompassed real-time 999 call scenarios through to crime scene investigations and court-hearings.
  • Provided insight into different areas of the police service and educated on how investigations are undertaken.
  • Recruited cadets from across Cleveland and inspired them to become good citizens whilst providing a real insight into the police.

What was the impact?

Encouraging young people

Fostered participation, motivation and leadership, providing the opportunity to progress.

Inspiration and insights

Insipred good citizenship and provided real insight into the police service.

Community benefits

Social action programmes benefit the community