FE college launches police cadets out on the beat

23rd September 2005 at 01:00
A little bit of policing history was made this week with the graduation of the first Metropolitan Police cadets to be trained in a further education college.

While most of the Met's officers continue to be trained at its own centre in Hendon, north London, Havering college has been involved in a project unique in the force's 176-year history - training its personnel close to the communities they will go on to serve.

The trainees carried out role-play activities with other students as part of their studies at the college's Ardleigh Green campus.

Noel Otley, the principal, said: "We have students of all ages and backgrounds at Havering college and to have the Met police officers training alongside them has been a really positive experience.

"We feel this initiative has brought the officers greater knowledge of the community they will be policing as well as giving our young people an opportunity to get a better understanding of the police service."

The recruits will be posted in east London, with some working on the college's doorstep in Havering borough.

The college gets a new batch of Met trainees in January.

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