Students from Twickenham Academy tried out riot shields, sat in on a live trial and met police horses during work experience with police.
A group of 13 youngsters spent a week getting to know the ins and outs of life on the force with Hounslow Police.
They visited Imber Court, in East Molesey, where they met police horses and learned how the animals help with crowd control.
They also sat in on trials at the Old Bailey and Isleworth Crown Court, where a clerk showed them how justice is upheld, and got to see how police use stop and search tactics.
Their week ended last Friday (July 4) with a taste of life on the front-line, as they got to wield riot shields, try out the blue lights and siren, and visit a custody suite.
The work experience was organised by police cadet leader Mouloud Amirouche. It proved so successful that by the end of the week three more of the students wanted to sign up to the cadets, joining the two who were already members.