HARD-working police cadets from South Yorkshire have won an award for a series of safety projects and crime prevention initiatives.
The cadets, from Rotherham, won a certificate of accreditation in this year’s national Sheriff’s Awards, which recognise and honour people, companies or organisations for courage and initiative in protecting people, property or liberty.
The cadets were nominated for an award by their supervisor, PC Jeannine Waller.
She said: “The cadets enrol as volunteers with South Yorkshire Police from the age of 16 and each intake runs for 18 months.
“This group of cadets have been especially dedicated in providing positive voluntary work in the community.
“Although the cadets often work or attend college, many give up their free time to work weekends and evenings to join initiatives which benefit a wide range of people.”
A total of 13 cadets have won the award – Abbie Lyon, Laura Tompkins, Abaid Hussain, Madhia Ajais, Alex Small, Jamie Ellison, Josh Ashton, Zahreen Kauser, Sohaib Rehamen, Ellis Bethell, Charlotte Bassindale, Joe Binley and Jonathan Boswell.
They have arranged crime prevention talks for elderly and vulnerable people, delivered presentations to youngsters on issues including substance abuse and have taken part in a number of events for the Help for Heroes charity.
The cadets have also been supporting a local charity called Safe@Last, which assists vulnerable young runaways by organising fundraising events raising over £700.
Lead Cadet Abbie Lyon said: “It is a great honour to receive recognition.”
The cadets will be presented with their award by Mayor of Rotherham, Coun Shaun Wright, at the Town Hall next Wednesday.