Top crime awards for caring East Herts police cadets
East Herts Volunteer Police Cadets are stealing the limelight with a clutch of awards.
The Hertford and Ware group launched in June 2015 and expanded to Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth last year.
Despite holding its first meeting on September 5 last year, the Stortford contingent is now the largest in the county.
The district group scooped two awards at the National Crime Beat awards in London. The team came joint second in the adult-led award and received a special High Sheriffs award for their Achieve Care project, which aims to tackle social isolation amongst elderly residents in the East Herts area. The cadets visit pensioners and help prevent them becoming victims of crime.
Cllr Colin Woodward, who was instrumental in funding and setting up the Stortford contingent, said: “ Every few years another national award is given. This is by all the High Sheriffs who believe a project meets all that they stand for. We won this special award. Bearing in mind no group from Hertfordshire has made the final for eight years, let alone been awarded this honour we have done exceptionally well.”
They were nominated by Herts High Sheriff Suzy Harvey, from Bishop’s Stortford and she honoured the youngsters again at her own awards at County Hall in Hertford too.
Cllr Woodward said: “We have the most amazing cadets. Their parents should be very very proud and we thank them for their support. We have built an inspirational group of young leaders who came from our cadet scheme.
“To achieve this we have a group of amazing adult leaders; great support from police, often on own time and Herts Fire and Rescue - we meet at the fire station in Bishop’s Stortford.”
Police cadets are young members of the community, aged 13 to 18, who are involved in a range of activities. As well as learning about police procedures and the law, cadets also work alongside officers to play a vital role in community events, engaging with members of the public and educating them on crime prevention. They also take part in a range of social activities.