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Northumbria Polices first Cadet to Constable

Zain Bashir

One of Northumbria’s
very first police cadets has gone on to become a PC. Zain Bashir joined
Northumbria Police's first ever cadet scheme back in 2012 as a 14-year-old with
a keen interest in policing.

He spent four years as a police cadet
before joining as a Special Constable, as soon as he was old enough, in 2016.

He has been performing the role of
special constable, based in Newcastle, and as well as being part of the 24/7
response team for the west of Newcastle he took part in policing operations for
Pride, Newcastle Mela and a number of Great North Run events.

While amassing over 600 hours in
volunteering his weekends and evenings as a police officer Zain was also
studying at university full time.

On Thursday, February 2, the
19-year-old was successful in his application to become a Police Constable and
will begin his front line training in March.

Chief Inspector Steve Hails said:
"We couldn't be more proud of Zain and what he has achieved. To see someone
come through the ranks from a 14-year-old cadet to fully warranted police
officer is truly remarkable and we can't wait to have him as part of the team
full time.

"He has worked hard over the
years combining studying a full time degree with the role of a special and this
really came through during his application to become a police officer.

"Zain's story really shows how
amazing our police cadets scheme is and is testament to the great job they are
doing with the young people who take part.

"He clearly has a passion for
policing and really excelled as a police cadet and Special Constable, he is a
shining example for anyone who wants to become a police officer and I look
forward to watching him flourish in his new career."

Newcastle 24/7 Inspector Steve Wykes
said: "Zain has been part of my team as a Special Constable for the last
six months and he is one of the most committed, professional and enthusiastic
officers I have had the pleasure of working with.   His development from
Cadet to Special was rapid and seamless and I have no doubt he will be equally
successful as he moves into full time policing.

"He has given my team a huge
amount of his time, volunteering nearly every weekend for entire sets of
shifts.   He is such a feature that he is seen as a full time team member
by his colleagues and I will be fighting hard to ensure he joins my team full
time after his training."

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