Staffordshire Police Cadets scheme volunteers were awarded with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a special ceremony in Stafford last night (October 18).
Around 60 volunteer cadet leaders from 10 units across the county who give up their time to help mentor and build the skills of 300 cadets aged between 13 and 18 years of age, were awarded for their efforts.
Volunteers were given the award by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire for their service.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, said: “This prestigious award from her Majesty the Queen is a significant honour to receive.
“I am delighted that so many of the cadets with the volunteers’ support have developed their confidence and skills in the service of communities here in Staffordshire.
“None of this would have been possible without their commitment and hard work and I am immensely grateful and proud of each and every one of our volunteers.”
The Staffordshire Police Cadet scheme which is delivered by Staffordshire Police was launched in 2013 by the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis.
Mr Ellis said: “Creating Staffordshire Police Cadets was an election pledge – the idea is to develop life skills, build confidence and encourage good citizenship.
“The cadets scheme would not be possible without volunteers who give up their time to guide and mentor the cadets. Their role is invaluable in helping to bring a sense of civic duty and character-building to youngsters.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Staffordshire Police Cadet or would like more information on volunteering as a leader can call 01785 232221 or email [email protected]