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Jam in the Hood

Jam in the Hood
Isaac and Zara with PCSO Alex Franklin.
Wednesday 18th April 2012 by C. Freeman

Two students from Brooke Weston have been selected to take part in Jam in the Hood, a community project that demonstrates different aspect of policing to young people.

It is the third year that the scheme has taken place in Corby and previous courses have included behind-the-scenes tour of police stations and Force Headquarters, as well as visits to the dog handling and helicopter sections. A highlight last year was a CSI style forensic investigation into a simulated murder and this year’s programme promises to be equally as action-packed with visits, fitness tests and a passing out parade in July.

More than 120 young people applied for a place on the 13-week course. 45 were interviewed and now, Zara Green and Isaac Aitchison are among the lucky 15 selected from local secondary schools and youth groups. The course, which is run jointly by Police Community Support Officers and community group Groundwork, has proved so successful over the past two years that it is now being rolled out across the county.

PCSO Alex Franklin said: ‘The aim is to give young people an insight into what goes on in the community they are living in and they will become an extended part of the police family. They will be working with us on Operation Guardian, and will get involved with community work such as leaflet dropping and visiting victims of crime. There will be a team-building residential weekend away. It gives them a chance to work with different people, using different skills and it is an eye-opening and unique experience. Among those that did it last year four went on to the Police cadets and three went on to Army cadets.

‘Part of the interview was finding out what the candidates understood about the local community and what their aims and goals are. We were looking for a mixture of those who perhaps want to be a police officer when they are older but also others that we just thought would benefit from attending. The course is ASDAN accredited meaning that it looks good on CVs and also carries UCAS points.’

Isaac Aitchison said: ‘I was really pleased to be chosen for the course, it just looked and sounded good. I am most looking forward to seeing behind the scenes at the police station.’ Zara added: ‘I just want to help out in the community and I would like to see the police dogs.’

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