Teenage cadets join Staffordshire Police aged 14 and 15
Teenagers aged 14 and 15 have been recruited for the first time as police cadets for Staffordshire.
They will work alongside officers with the aim of strengthening links between young people and the force.
The scheme was one of the Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) manifesto promises and launched on Tuesday night.
He said the 33 youths were the first to join the force and were being supported by business sponsorship.
PCC Matthew Ellis added: "Above all this is about helping youngsters to develop, it's about leadership skills, it's about citizenship."
He said the cadets would work alongside police officers talking directly to the public, such as giving out safety advice.
They will also learn about the "gadgets and equipment" used and undergo operational training, he said.
It is predicted there could be as many as 180 recruits by the end of the year, as the scheme opens up to children aged between 10 and 17.