Ladgate Lane was a hive of criminal activity for one night only as more than 40 youngsters dealt with hostages, Hate Crime and a drugs incident.
And although the uniforms and radios were real, the jobs were not, just exercises to put 14-17 year old Police Cadets through their paces.
Former police officer Craig Green is Cleveland Volunteer Cadet Programme’s Coordinator. He said: “This is the fifth time we’ve held an ‘arrest night’. Cadets were split into teams and sent out on patrol to deal with whatever ‘Control Room’ could throw at them. This included a burglary, a domestic dispute and a very angry member of the public! They really enjoy it and were certainly put to the test at times.”
Cadets from Redcar and Middlesbrough’s units were at Ladgate Lane until midnight dealing with the role plays designed to test their knowledge and skills.
Craig added: “A big thanks to the staff, retired officers, volunteers and Safe in Tees Valley staff who assisted in various roles late into the night.”
A similar event is being planned for cadets in Hartlepool and Stockton and Craig said they were always looking for people to help run the cadets or contribute to events, especially serving officers who can be role models for the young people.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger also attended to support the event.
Posted on Monday 26th February 2018