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Jam in the Hood

Six students have completed the Jam in the Hood project.

William Walker, Shannon Davidson, Roy Grant, Bradley Thompson,  Danielle Mackness, Chloe Rowlett have been involved in the project for the last 12 weeks, learning about all aspects of police life.

Sergeant Julie Mead who has been running the innovative project with charity Groundwork Northamptonshire, said: “Jam in the Hood project is about empowering young people within their own communities and changing the negative perceptions of young people within their own neighbourhoods.

“The young people were given the unique opportunity to become part of the extended police family for the 13 week project and took part in the 'behind the scene' tours of various police departments, from the Dog section to the helicopter unit, to give them a greater understanding of the emergency services.

“The group faced the challenges of volunteering in their communities by working with police on Operation challenged and breaking down the intergenerational barrier by visiting Swan gardens assisted living facility where they met the ''recycled teenagers' and heard their stories about the 'old days', as well as many other community challenges.

“I am pleased to say they have all obtained their ASDAN qualifications in community volunteering due to their hard work and perseverance.

“It has been an honour to get to know each and every young person on the project and watch each as they grew in skill and confidence as the project progressed.''

Year 10 student Bradley Thompson said: “It was great to be involved and I am sad it’s come to an end. I have learned a huge amount about what the police do in the community and following on from it I have done some volunteering at Swan Gardens in Corby.”