The Metropolitan Police Service need not worry if ever they encounter a recruitment crisis, as Merton’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has twenty potential recruits waiting in the wings.
The teenagers aged between 14 and 16 have just completed a three-month police service course as part of their bronze award for the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme.
Coordinated by Police Constable Mark Van Cuylenburg, permanent beat manager for Raynes Park, the participants were given a comprehensive overview of the Metropolitan Police Service and were given exposure to a number of forensic investigations. In addition, they learnt about police procedures and took part in a self-defence session. As a way of giving some real assistance to Merton’s community, a clean up day was held, which involved the removal of graffiti and general rubbish.
Councillor Oonagh Moulton, cabinet member for School Standards and Youth Engagement said:
‘This is a great scheme. I congratulate all those who took part’
Police Constable Mark Van Cuylenburg of Merton Police said:
“Our crew of course ignored my instructions to wear old clothes and as a result, several pairs of designer trainers were ruined. The impression I got was that this was the hardest they have ever worked and there was quite a lot of grumbling in the first hour, but once they got it into it, they started to have fun. I certainly enjoyed it.”