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Police scheme offers teenagers chance to learn about force
Budding young crime-fighters are invited to experience the inner workings of West Yorkshire Police.
The 25-week Explorer Programme, which starts in January, gives 16 to 18-year-olds an insight into aspects of policing across the county.
Successful candidates can explore the work of departments including Operations Support, Scenes of Crime, Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, Roads Policing and Crime Prevention.
They will also be able to support their local neighbourhood policing teams and get involved with their communities.
Community engagement officer Simon Phillips said: “We are proud to be able to offer this exciting programme again this year and it gets better each time around.
“Many young people at this stage in their life are unsure about what career path they would like to take and the Explorer Programme offers a unique behind-the-scenes look into 21st century policing which is ideal for anyone considering the police service as a future career.
“It also offers opportunities to get involved in their communities, and at the same time helps them develop skills they will require in later life.
“We’re looking for a diverse group of explorers, who represent West Yorkshire’s diverse communities.”
Explorers will visit their local police station for two hours on Wednesday evenings each week, where they will take part in an interactive programme.
West Yorkshire Police’s 2013 Explorer of the Year Kim Lundgren said: “It was the most worthwhile experience of my life. I feel it has given me a huge insight into what policing is all about.
“I think that for anybody who is interested in joining the police it is definitely worth applying for.”
Applications are available at westyorkshire.police.uk/explorers. Email queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01924) 292334.
The deadline for applications is Thursday, October 31.