Published: 10/04/2018 19:00 - Updated: 11/04/2018 16:31

Cadets have their collars felt

Written byHector MacKenzie


Army Cadets saw what it was like to be behind bars during a visit to Inverness.

ARMY cadets from a Ross-shire detachment found themselves behind bars during a special visit to the Highland capital.

Happily for the young people from the Dingwall-based group, it was all part of the plan as they learned more about crime detection and law enforcement.

The Army Cadets from the Dingwall Detachment spent their evening being budding investigators during a visit to Inverness Police Station.

The cadets from 1st Battalion The Highlanders visited the station to learn more about how the police service works within their local community.

The visit was organised as part of the Cadet and the Community section of their cadet training syllabus, which aims to promote citizenship and develop better individuals in the future.

During the visit, the cadets had a look round the station, where they were shown, amongst other things, the riot equipment.

A number of cadets took the opportunity to try it on for size  and see for themselves how heavy the shields are.

The tour also included a visit to the cells, with cadets more than happy to be allowed to leave after a look.

The evening also saw the cadets try their investigative skills by gathering fingerprints of ‘evidence’ and from suspects – in this case, among themselves.

1st Battalion the Highlanders ACF is a youth organisation which provides challenging adventure, sporting and community activities aiming to inspire young people to achieve success in life while having fun at the same time.

Dingwall Detachment meet every Monday evening at the Cadet Centre on Ferry Road in Dingwall between 7pm and 9pm.

The Army Cadet Force plays an active role in the local community. A major part of the syllabus for any cadet is citizenship training.

To find out more, contact Graeme Wells, Army Cadet Force public relations officer, by emailing

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