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TWO volunteer police cadet leaders are to mark the scheme’s expansion with a tough physical challenge.

Force cadet leader, PC Steve Swift, and volunteer cadet leader Steve Keenor will take on what’s being referred to as the VPC Challenge 2014 tomorrow and Sunday.

They intend to run or cycle more than 130 miles to each of the seven new Hampshire Constabulary Volunteer Police cadet (VPC) units, which include Bay House School in Gosport and King Richard school in Paulsgrove as well as other sites across the county.

Volunteer police cadets are all aged between 13 to 17.

They attend a weekly session for two hours per week and volunteer for a minimum of three hours per month in policing and community initiatives.

The current cadets have already volunteered more than 1,200 hours over the past five weeks.

They will also be holding camps, expeditions and taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

PC Swift said: ‘The reason for doing it in the first place is to raise the profile of the Hampshire Constabulary Volunteer Police Cadets within the Hampshire and Isle of Wight communities as well as to hopefully raise some valuable funds to ensure that the scheme continues to be open to anyone to apply.

‘We pride ourselves in being able to offer the scheme completely free of charge. In order to continue though, we need to secure more volunteer leaders and raise additional funding.’