Police cadet recruitment drive

Grampian Police has launched its latest recruitment drive for a new intake of police cadets.

The cadets - whose cadetship will run between August 2012 and August 2013 - will gain experience of working with a number of departments within Grampian Police.

Those with a birthday between May 1 1995 and November 1 1995 are eligible to apply and should contact Grampian Police Recruitment Unit on 01224 306683/4 or 01224 306663 during office hours to request an application form and book on a Candidate Briefing Session.

They must be physically and medically fit and highly-motivated team players.

Depending on successful completion of the cadet programme - and subject to additional selection criteria - cadets may be able to apply to become a police officer when they reach 18. During the year of their cadetship, cadets will undertake a ‘Developing Community Citizenship’ qualification - accredited by the Scottish Qualification Authority.

Chief Inspector Richard Craig said: “Becoming a cadet is an extremely rewarding path for young people to take. Through a cadetship, young people can really develop their skills for entering the working world – whether it be as a police constable, or in another career path.

“The selection process is challenging with successful candidates having to obtain a pass in the Police Standard Entrance Test, a fitness test, an assessment day and undertake a medical. We hope this helps to ensure that successful candidates have the initial skills which we can then nurture and develop.”

Cadet Ainsley Walker, 17, said: “My experience of the cadetship has been very beneficial to any path I decide to take in the future. You’ll find that you learn and develop a lot of skills in all aspects of the job whether it’s your communication, dedication or just respecting others.

“The cadets are definitely something I would recommend to anyone who wants an insight into the police as it makes you more confident, responsible, independent and disciplined as a person.”

A candidate briefing session will be held in Stonehaven on March 8 and individuals who are considering applying are strongly recommended to attend prior to submitting an application form. The briefing will be in the evening and last approximately 90 minutes. Places must be booked in advance. The deadline for applications is Monday March 26.