Young cadets have been helping out at a community event.
Volunteer Police Cadets were on duty to help offices police a festival at Northumberland Park in North Shields.
The teenagers were on hand to carry out patrols, wearing their uniform and being a visible police presence talking to residents and visitors while working alongside council staff to help the event run smoothly.
Chief Inspector Nicola Musgrove, Northern Area Command, said: “The cadets are a real asset to the force and their enthusiasm was evident as they got fully involved in this community event.
“The cadets wore their uniforms with pride and helped the public to enjoy the special day.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “I have a lot of admiration for the Cadets as they show perfectly how young people can make a positive contribution to their community.
“It’s wonderful to see how proud they are to wear their uniform and to see them engage with the public they come into contact with. They’re an absolute credit to other young people who I hope are encouraged to find out more about becoming a Cadet.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I was delighted to see the cadets at the opening; with around 10,000 people in attendance, they had a very busy day, but they did a wonderful job helping our teams to run the successful event.
“Northumbria Police should be extremely proud of these brilliant young people.”
The youngsters are given the opportunity to see what it is like to be a police officer and police community support officer, take part in patrols and make a difference in the community.
More information about Northumbria Police Volunteer Cadets is available on the ‘Working for Us’ section of the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk