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Cop kids back on the beat.

By NICHOLA WORKMAN

POLICE have gone "back to the future" in a bid to lure school-leavers into the fight against crime.

Almost 20 years after cadets patrolled Glasgow streets, Strathclyde Police have unveiled the first batch in a new generation of trainee cops.

More than 40 school-leavers have been recruited as part of the Government's pledge to put more bobbies on the beat.

Chief Constable Willie Rae, who began as a cadet 40 years ago, said: "These cadets are the future of the force."

So far 46 youngsters between 16 and 18 have been accepted for training but there are places for 60 more.

New recruit Christopher Hoggans, 17, from Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, said: "I have always wanted to be in the police.

"Eventually, we have to be fit enough to run after the bad guys - I can't wait."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 15, 2003
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