DOZENS of volunteer police cadets are being put through their paces at a specialist sports college in Bury.

One of only 12 schemes in Greater Manchester has been established at Broad Oak Sports College in Hazel Avenue.

It was set up in September last year, covering elements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and aims to encourage a practical interest in policing among young people.

The scheme is aimed at students in Years 10 and 11 at the college and helps them develop leadership qualities.

A total of 25 cadets are taking part in the scheme, after successfully completing a 10-week probation period.

Cadets have now been supplied with uniforms and are working towards their ‘passing out parade’ on Thursday, February 6.

Karen Hugill, assistant headteacher and head of welfare and guidance at the college, said: “We are extremely pleased that Broad Oak Sports College is able to host the scheme with our own students taking part. The course has allowed our students to develop skills required to work effectively in the community, developing positive relationships with their peers and members of the public.

“We are very proud of our students and are grateful to Greater Manchester Police for offering them the opportunity to gain the experience and invaluable skills which will allow them to develop into responsible, caring adults and hopefully set them on the path to very worthwhile careers in the public service sector.”