The newly formed, first enrolment of the Norfolk Police Volunteer Cadets in Lynn have been put through their paces at a boot camp session.
The group of 17 cadets are five weeks into an initial 15 session development programme where they will learn a variety of skills including radio commands, rank structure of the police force and the phonetic alphabet as well as taking part in fitness and ability sessions.
The group, whose ages range from 13 to 17, were joined last week by Motiv8 instructor and ex-Royal Navy physical trainer Mark Flowers who ran an hour long boot camp session.
Chief Inspector David Buckley, who has set up the scheme, said: “This was a great session which not only helped our cadets to see how important physical health is but also helped to develop their team building skills.
“The Norfolk Police Volunteer Cadets scheme is designed to raise the aspirations of young people in Norfolk while instilling them with a sense of hard work, discipline and an idea of what it is to be a good citizen.
“The scheme focuses not just on policing as a profession but encourages our cadets to see the importance of their local community and provides the chance for them to give something back to the area in which they live.
“It’s great to see our new King’s Lynn recruits are throwing themselves into the scheme and we’re already seeing positive developments in many of our cadets.”
During the boot camp session the cadets had to complete a run of sit-up, burpees and training exercises designed to help them work as a team and raise their energy levels.
Mark Flowers, Motiv8 Instructor, said: “This was a really good session it’s great to work with such a positive group of young people.
“The whole group, despite differing abilities, put their all into the hour and showed determination to succeed and develop their fitness skills.”
The cadet scheme began last month and follows the successful launch of the programme in Thetford last year.
The cadets will complete an initial 15 week programme, which will be followed by a passing out parade at the end of May.
The group will then go on to learn further aspects of policing including law, arrest and custody procedures, basic first aid and conflict management as well as supporting local community projects and events.