Staffordshire Police cadet plans 'will build community links'
A new police cadet scheme will help strengthen relations with young people, Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.
Matthew Ellis said the plans were "not about recruiting officers" but encouraging young people to make "a positive difference to communities".
He said it would be funded through business sponsorship.
The scheme is due to cater for about 30 cadets from this month, increasing to some 180 by the end of the year.
Initially targeting 14 and 15 year olds and based at the force headquarters in Stafford, Mr Ellis said it would eventually be opened up to people aged 10 to 17 across the county.
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said cadets would take part in Duke of Edinburgh awards and work alongside officers to get a taste of police life.
He said: "This could mean giving out safety advice to local people or helping us to find out about their concerns.
"They'll also learn more about how we track down criminals, about the gadgets and equipment we use to fight crime and have a go at operational personal safety training."