Young cadets have been learning more about the various roles of police officers.
North Tyneside volunteer police cadets were given a tour of the Northumbria Police firearms facility.
The teenagers were shown around the force’s state of the art Firearms Support Unit in Follingsby.
The group learnt about the role of firearms officers and found out for themselves the rigorous training regime that officers authorised to carry firearms must meet to ensure they have the necessary skills and abilities to protect the public.
Chief Inspector George Maratty, head of the firearms unit, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome such motivated young people to meet my staff at our internationally recognised facility.
“I look forward to continuing with this developing relationship and wish the young people all the success in the future.”
The cadets meet weekly at training sessions to learn about policing roles and develop team building skills.
Northumbria Police Volunteer Cadets join the scheme at aged 14 or 15. Senior Cadets are aged around 17 and 18.
For more information about the scheme visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk