A GROUP of youngsters learned to save a person’s life as part of a police cadets programme.
The 28 pupils were awarded certificates from Portsmouth’s deputy lord mayor Councillor David Horne after successfully completing a first aid course.
The cadets, who are aged from 13 to 18, were among the first to take part in a volunteer police cadet scheme organised by Hampshire Constabulary.
Volunteer police cadet leader Terence Bryant, 59, of Paulsgrove, said the pupils were now working towards gaining Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Mr Bryant said the 10-week cadetship course helped develop the teenagers’ life skills.
He said: ‘It’s a great project for youngsters to get involved in.
‘They learn leadership skills and get the opportunity to make friends and learn about the law.
‘It gives them a sample of what life could be like after they leave school.’
The cadets are from schools including King Richard School in Paulsgrove and Springfield School in Drayton.
Deputy unit leader Emma Wray said the first-aid course was given by St John’s Ambulance volunteers.
Ms Wray said: ‘Cadets learnt to demonstrate safe approach and assessment, open an airway, check for breathing and signs of circulation, demonstrate the recovery position and perform CPR.
‘They also worked in groups to demonstrate the management of choking using CPR mannequins and practiced on each other how to deal with serious bleeding.
‘While the cadets had an exciting evening, the seriousness of what they could encounter when volunteering with local policing and community initiatives was not lost.’
Mr Bryant said the cadets would now get involved in volunteer community projects around Portsmouth.
Since the programme started last year there are now more than 200 police cadets across Hampshire.