Young people considering applying to join Warwickshire Police Cadets have two more opportunities to talk to people about the scheme.
Open evenings are being held on Thursday (April 3) and the following Wednesday (April 9) where leaders will be available to talk about what will be on offer when the scheme opens in September.
The first event is at the Warwickshire Justice Centre, Nuneaton, from 7pm to 9pm, and the second at the Warwickshire Justice Centre, Leamington, from 6pm to 8pm.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball provided the funding to launch the cadet scheme in the county to allow young people to get an early introduction to police work.
He said: “I’m delighted to be able to provide funding for this scheme in Warwickshire. Young people – both boys and girls – will have the opportunity to be part of an excellent police force and be able to learn many valuable skills which will help them in their future careers, whatever path they choose to follow.
“I also hope they will make new friends and enjoy the time they spend with the cadets and I’m very much looking forward to meeting them in the months ahead.
“We have thousands of excellent young people in Warwickshire and I’m keen both to tap into their talents and to give them opportunities to counteract some of the negativity sometimes unfairly attached to the overwhelming majority of them.”
Sgt Jon Belcher, co-ordinator for Warwickshire Police Cadets, said: “We have already had a number of applications for both units but we have decided to extend the application deadline to give more people the chance to apply. We are also hosting two more open evenings for anyone who is thinking about applying but wants to talk to someone first.”
Warwickshire Police has launched the cadets scheme as part of its youth engagement initiative, and it follows the success of police cadets in West Mercia Police and other forces.
The two units will be run by youth engagement officers PC Beki Taylor and PC Darren Lund, who will be supported by other officers, members of staff and volunteers.
Cadets will meet every Thursday night from 6pm to 9.pm, and follow a structured two-year programme which will include studying for a Level 2 qualification in leadership and management from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), learning drill, hearing talks from members of the police family and helping with community projects.
They will also be able to take part in sporting activities and Outward Bound camps.
Each unit will have up to 28 cadets, 14 in each of the two year groups, aged between 16 and 18 years old.
Recruitment is open to all young people who live in Warwickshire and are currently in Year 11 at school.
All applications must be received by Sunday April 20, two weeks later than originally published, after which interviews will be held.