Pictured (L-R): Jill Dobson, Cleveland Police Cadets Support Officer, Bradley Lewis Hartlepool Cadets, Sophie Mellor Redcar Cadets, Kimberley Roberts Stockton Cadets, Megan Cowap Redcar Cadets and Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis
Cleveland Police Cadets have beaten stiff competition to win a second national award for their work with people living with dementia in the local community.
On Thursday 15th September the cadets were awarded the Lord Ferrers Award for their outstanding contribution at an awards ceremony in London, attended by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Minister of State for Police and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis.
The Lord Ferrers Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets and acknowledges the support employers and employees offer their local police force.
And in June this year, the cadets triumphed over all other forces in the country to win the National Volunteer Police Cadet Award for Best Social Actions.
Last December, the cadets arranged a screening of the 1954 film ‘White Christmas’ at the Regent Cinema in Redcar, in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society, Safe in Tees Valley, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and The Regent Cinema. The cadets dressed to replicate the era in relevant clothing and they sold ice creams and cakes from wooden usherette trays.
A Christmas party was organised for residents of a care home in Middlesbrough, and computer tablets have been donated to care homes along with training for residents and staff to show them how to use apps such as games or Skype to contact family members and friends.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, who funds the cadet programme, said: “Well done to the cadets who have been recognised nationally for their hard work and dedication for the second time this year.
“Their work is very valuable to the Force and also to the vulnerable members of the society who they have been supporting. The cadets should be rightly proud of their achievements.”
Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Iain Spittal, said: “I am incredibly proud of the work that our cadets have undertaken in support of people with dementia. This work highlights their community spirit and that’s exactly what our cadet programme is all about.
“Congratulations to the cadets, this is their second fantastic achievement so far this year.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Volunteers strengthen our police forces and make a vital contribution to keeping our communities safe.
“The Lord Ferrers Awards celebrate the professionalism, dedication and sacrifice shown by Special Constables, police support volunteers and cadets.
“I want to thank all the nominees for their commitment and drive and for making a real difference in the communities where they serve.”
The Cleveland Police Cadet Programme is currently recruiting new cadets and volunteers to be a part of their team. Anyone aged between 13 and 16 who is interested in applying for the programme should call 01642 664440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack.
Posted on Tuesday 20th September 2016