A new wave of volunteer Police Cadets is being recruited by the Bedfordshire force to start training in September.
The two-year national programme will give young people, aged 16 to 18, the chance to gain life skills and an insight into life as a police officer.
Cadets will also experience a variety of activities, hear police guest speakers, visit departments within the force and receive training in law and police procedures.
Cadet Administrator Sarah Caves said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get an insight into policing and make a really positive contribution to the community.
“The Cadets provide an invaluable service, representing the force at a variety of events. They carry out duties including alcohol test purchasing, car park marshalling duties and assisting at official ceremonies.”
She added: “They are dedicated and hard-working and we continue to receive excellent feedback about them.”
Applicants must be prepared to undertake a two-year training programme, which starts from September, in Bedford or Luton on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, or Biggleswade on Thursday evenings.
Recruitment opens on January 9 and closes on February 29.
The force will host two information evenings for would-be Cadets, on January 14, at HQ in Kempston, and on January 21, at Luton Police Station.
To register for the information evenings, or for further information about joining the Cadets, visit the ‘Join Us’ pages at www.bedfordshire.police.uk