A South Yorkshire teenager who gives up his time to work as a police cadet has received national recognition.
Toby Masters, aged 19, was nominated alongside cadets from across the UK for a prestigious Lord Ferrers award and came runner up for the individual volunteer police cadet award.
The awards recognise the contributions of volunteers in policing and Toby was invited to the House of Commons in Westminster, London, to receive the accolade.
Toby, who volunteers in Rotherham, was nominated by South Yorkshire Police chiefs for his hard work and determination.
He was praised for the ‘vital’ support he has provided in a range of events including the Rotherham show, retail crime prevention initiatives around Christmas, remembrance parades, road traffic operations and activities focused on engaging with young people.
Toby has also spent time volunteering at Rotherham’s Lifewise Centre running internet beginner sessions for the elderly and advising them how to stay safe online and avoid fraudsters.
Police chiefs said Toby’s volunteering frees up police officers to focus on live incidents.
Toby said: “I joined the cadets about three years ago because I was interested in joining the police service to help and assist in my local community.
“The work I do is important to me because I believe that the work myself, the other cadets and volunteers do, benefits the local community. By giving them crime prevention advice, I hope it leads to there being less chance of them becoming victims of crime, as well as benefitting the police service by providing an extra uniformed presence to try and reduce crime.”
Rotherham Commander, Chief Superintendant Jason Harwin, said: “Toby sacrifices his spare time to help make Rotherham a better place in which to live, work and visit, and the impact he and other volunteers have on a daily basis cannot be underestimated.
“He is an asset to the force.”