Police cadets win award for community crime prevention

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POLICE cadets who have worked on a series of crime prevention and security projects in South Yorkshire have been given a national award for their work to protect communities.

Rotherham’s police cadets have won recognition in this year’s national Sheriff’s Awards, which is sponsored by trade guild The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

The cadets were nominated for an award by their supervisor, PC Jeannine Waller, following a year of successful safety projects and crime prevention work in the communities across Rotherham.

PC Waller said: “The cadets enrol as volunteers with South Yorkshire Police from the age of 16 and each intake runs for 18 months.

“Although the cadets often work or attend college, many still give up their free time to work weekends and evenings and participate in a number of initiative which benefit a wide range of people.”

The Rotherham cadets have arranged crime prevention talks for senior and vulnerable members of the community and delivered presentations to young people on issues such as substance abuse.

The cadets have also been supporting a local charity called Safe@Last, which assists vulnerable young runaways.

Lead cadet Abbie Lyon said: “I can speak for all the police cadets in saying that we all genuinely want to make a difference in our communities and we all hope to continue supporting local projects and charities beyond the cadet programme.”

Mayor of Rotherham Coun Shaun Wright, will be presenting the award to the police cadets at Rotherham Town Hall next Wednesday.