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Junior Police Cadets celebrate graduation at St Andrews School in North Worcestershire

Children from a primary school in Barnt Green took part in a special West Mercia Police Junior Cadet graduation ceremony on Tuesday 6 June.

A group of  12  children at St Andrews School have taken part in five one-hour sessions led by local Police Community Support Officer's (PCSO) Stuart Taylor and Mark Hyder during school time, covering areas including road safety, home and personal security, forensics, stranger danger, safe internet use and anti-social behaviour.

The Junior Cadets were presented with certificates for completing the sessions by Inspector Gareth Keyte and Sergeant Alastair Catherwood at the graduation ceremony. The children received their own pocket books to fill in during sessions along with a Junior Police Cadet baseball cap and t-shirt for completing the course.

PCSO Stuart Taylor of Hagley and Rubery Safer Neighbourhood team, said:

"This was a truly rewarding course and allowed us to share our skills and knowledge for the benefit of inspiring a future generation of officers.

"Mark and I presented lessons on communications involving phonetic alphabet and why the police use it, we also taught the basics skills of a police constable's role and the tools we use to do our jobs including the use of radios and police vehicles.

"We are working with the school and cadets in the near future, and will be involving them in a 'crime morning', this will involve staging a crime in which our cadets will be tasked to investigate and hopefully solve the crime."

Sergeant Alastair Catherwood for West Mercia Police said: "I and Inspector Gareth Keyte felt very honoured to present these certificates to the Junior Cadets who all looked extremely mature and professional in their uniforms.

"Courses like these provide a fantastic opportunity and allow schoolchildren to have an insight into what is its like to be a police officer. By becoming a Junior Cadets and taking part in these fun-packed programmes, it teaches them how to become responsible citizens and maybe lead them to follow a career within the police.

"I would like to thank PCSO's Stuart Taylor and Mark Hyder for their fantastic work and energy with the Junior Police Cadets over the last few weeks, talking with them about anti-social behaviour, being good citizens and what it means to be part of the police family.

Issued: 2.02pm, Wednesday 14 June, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications

Published 14/06/17