Volunteer Police Cadets from Taunton and Street have been presented with Pride Awards by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens for their invaluable assistance during the flooding earlier this year.
For almost three months between December 2013 and March 2014, residents and local people on the Somerset Levels endured a flooding crisis which cut off over 200 homes and affected more than 11,000 hectares of agricultural land. The Volunteer Police Cadets were just one vital element of the flooding action plan team involved in assisting residents, providing them with supplies and helping facilitate the extensive operation to return life to normality on the Somerset Levels.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The Cadets should be hugely proud of their fantastic effort in supporting all those affected by the flooding. Having witnessed first-hand the destruction the flooding caused so many families it is important the Cadets know what a difference their tireless work made.
“This is an incredible achievement for the Cadets involved. The work the Cadets do more widely is a shining example of the positive impact young people can have in their communities. The Cadets have gone above and beyond what is expected of them and I would like to say a big thank you to all of them.
“For young people who are representing the policing service I feel incredibly proud of their tenacity, enthusiasm and maturity, supporting the wider Avon and Somerset policing teams in keeping local communities feeling safe.”
During the presentation Cadets and their leaders were invited to be presented their award by the PCC while being congratulated by family members and friends who were also present to witness the ceremony.
Two separate awards were hosted; the first on Tuesday, June 24 saw the following members of the Street Police Volunteer Cadets receive PCC Pride Awards:
Cadet Leader Martha Spikes, Cadet Leader Anita Forsyth, Cadet Leader Gail Smythe, Jake Edwards, Emma Berry, Molly Larkins, Jack Miles, Samuel Vowels, Joseph Peppard, Jess Nurse, Jack Squire, Alex Larkins, Tom Peppard, Thomas Tyrell and Katie Tyrell.
The second award ceremony took place on Thursday, July 10 and celebrated the achievements of the following members of the Taunton Police Volunteer Cadets:
Laurie Garrett, Holly Conquer, Jowan Penberthy, Becky Preece, Danni Barnes, Sam Causley, Helen Hayes, Mitchell Brooks, Helen Thorne, Mark Bell.
Avon and Somerset Police introduced the volunteering scheme for teenagers aged 14 to 17 in 2011 and there are now many successful Volunteer Police Cadet Schemes operating across the Avon and Somerset policing area.
The Scheme is run by police officers, police staff and volunteers in their spare time with costs met through sponsorship. For more information about the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme and to see if there is one operating in your area visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
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Posted on Friday 11th July 2014