Cadets are flying high

Northumbria Police youth cadets during their trip to the force's helicopter unit.
Northumbria Police youth cadets during their trip to the force's helicopter unit.
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NORTHUMBRIA Police youth cadets were in a spin during a trip to the force’s helicopter unit.

The teenage volunteers, including a contingent from Northumberland, visited the North East Air Support Unit as part of their year-long training programme.

Cadets lead tutor Sergeant Alan Parks said: “They had a fantastic time and I think it will go down as one of the highlights of their year.

“The crews showed them round the base and explained all the mapping systems and then took them outside to show them the helicopter itself.

“The cadets were allowed to stand on the runners and sit inside while they were shown all the screens and equipment. The helicopter had to go out on an exercise while we were there so they got to see it take off.”

So far the 14-year-olds have completed equality and diversity awareness training, navigated the force’s website and enrolled on the Duke of Edinburgh personal development scheme.

They have also started police problem solving exercises in preparation for community-based work they will complete in partnership with Neighbourhood Policing Team officers.