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Air Cadets Make Judgement Call

2014-03-04 14:25:49
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By Flt Lt G G Richardson - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron

Longbenton Air Cadets were banged to rights and ‘court’ in the act recently as they took part in Operation Order as part of their Community Engagement Workshops.

The squadron works closely with local organisations to deliver a comprehensive citizenship training programme and the youngsters, aged 13 – 19, enjoyed learning about personal safety and gained an insight into the English justice system.

PCSO David Jameson visited the young people and delivered a session focussing on how young people can stay safe, and the dangers they may face. PCSO Jameson said: "We've built up a strong link with these teenagers as we regularly call in to talk to them and support their activities. It was great to see the young people thinking about the need to stay safe and take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. "It’s always a pleasure to visit the squadron and support young people who are making the most of the opportunities provided to them. These types of visits also provide a good opportunity for officers to get to know people of all ages in our area and listen to their concerns.”

The Air Cadets were then role-playing a scene from a magistrates’ court. Magistrates from North Tyneside explained their role in the criminal justice system to develop the youngster’s understanding, before the young people took part in a role-play concerning knife crime.

Cadet Sergeant Jonny Vickers, 18, of Killingworth, said, “It was good fun taking part in the role and learning who the prosecutors are, what the clerk does and what the magistrates look at to make a judgement. We’re all looking forward to visiting the court to do a mock trial.”

Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, “The workshop focussed upon consequences to assist our young people in understanding that decisions have consequences, both good and bad, for them and others around them. Our citizenship training is an important aspect of what we do as it teaches our young people the importance of community and society.”

The cadets will visit the magistrates’ court in the coming months to take part in a mock trial.

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