London's calling for team of cadets nominated for national award
18 Sep | 08:15

Earlier this year, the North Tyneside Cadets created a compelling video, which they designed, starred in and produced. Named “Phone Down, Look Around” the video is aimed at educating people of a similar age about the use of mobile phones by pedestrians and not walking out in traffic without looking.

London’s calling for a team of Northumbria Police super cadets after their thought-provoking road safety video netted them a national award nomination.

Earlier this year, the North Tyneside Cadets created a compelling video, which they designed, starred in and produced.

Named “Phone Down, Look Around” the video is aimed at educating people of a similar age about the use of mobile phones by pedestrians and not walking out in traffic without looking.

In 2019 and 2020, 426 pedestrians were injured in collisions in the North East and 40 per cent of these were judged to have at least partially due to their failure to look properly.

“The Cadets really sought to highlight the shocking figures around pedestrians involved in collisions and the importance of never taking road safety for granted,” said PC Rachel Nairi, who volunteers her time to lead the group.

“They came up with a storyline and successfully applied for funding from delivery firm UPS’s Road Code fund.

“Once their funding was confirmed it took eight weeks, working part-time and juggling school, and all their other commitments, to complete the project.

“The finished product blew me away. The video contains a very powerful message that we all, regardless of age, need to be aware of and take on board.”

Their hard work has now been recognised by a national awards body, with the team in the running to take home Cadet Team of the Year 2021 at the Lord Ferrers Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions to volunteering in policing.

PC Nairi said: “This award nomination is amazing for the Cadets, they thoroughly deserve to be recognised and they are so excited to go to the London awards ceremony next month.

“Each Cadet is an absolute credit to the Northumbria Police family, to their families, communities and themselves.

“I hope their passion for policing continues into adulthood as each and every one of them would make a fabulous officer.”

The Cadets will find out their awards fate next month at ceremony in London. Watch their video here: https://bit.ly/3zmhGL0  

Inspired to become a Cadet?

This month Northumbria Police launched their latest campaign to recruit the next round of police cadets. New police cadets join as part of a three-year scheme specifically designed for 15 to 18 year olds – with opportunities for new starters in South Tyneside, Sunderland, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead.

The role is like no other and sees young people introduced to the world of policing, working with serving officers in the community and getting involved with some of the region’s biggest events. Applications are open until Sunday, October 31, for candidates to start the role in January 2022.

For more information, visit the Northumbria Police careers website or contact the People Acquisition Team at careers@northumbria.pnn.police.uk with any questions.

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