Hedley’s College students become the first disabled young people in Northumbria Police Cadets

We’ve teamed up with Northumbria Police to launch the UK’s first Volunteer Police Cadet scheme for students with disabilities.

Earlier this week, eight of our students at Hedley’s College had their ceremony where they were officially sworn in as the first-ever to join Volunteer Police Cadets Scheme for those with special needs. Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Winton Keenen QPM, alongside Master of Ceremonies, Tim Cousins, and a group of community police officers, came along to the ceremony held within the college.

Being part of the scheme means students will take part and learn about important topics like the phonetic alphabet, hate crime, anti-social behaviour, knife crime, crime prevention, internet safety, dog handling, wellbeing and mental health, theft, road safety/drink driving and anti-bullying.

“We are thrilled to be the first college in the country to be able to offer our students this amazing opportunity. We strive to offer our students education and experiences that help them reach their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives, and this cadetship will certainly support that.”
– Joanne Rees-Proud