Cadets celebrate achievements at awards ceremony in Harpenden
PUBLISHED: 10:57 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:58 26 September 2018
Volunteer police cadets from Harpenden joined up with St Albans cadets for their annual awards ceremony.
Cadets and their parents attended the ceremony at Harpenden Fire Station on Tuesday, September 18 to celebrate their achievements over the past year.
Guests at the ceremony included St Albans chief inspector Lynda Coates, former chief inspector Stuart Cheek, watch commander Sam Rickerty from Herts Fire and Rescue Service, and deputy mayor of Harpenden cllr Brian Ellis.
The cadets took part in a parade before the awards were given out, with senior cadet Jacob Head awarded ‘Cadet of the Year 2018’. Senior cadet Tom Beddoe was presented with the award for ‘Cadet’s Cadet of the Year 2018’, as chosen by his peers, and cadet Charlie Thomas received the award for ‘New Cadet of the Year’.
In July the St Albans and Harpenden cadets achieved first place in the county-wide cadet competition, which saw them compete in exercises including riot shield runs, rifle shooting, giving evidence in front of a mock court and using a search dog to find hidden items.
In August, the cadets also came sixth representing Hertfordshire in the National Police Cadet Competition in Scotland, where they competed against 20 other cadet groups from across the country.
Acting inspector Steve Alison, who leads the cadets, said: “It’s been another great year for St Albans and Harpenden Volunteer Police Cadets. Winning the County Cadet Competition this summer was a special highlight, especially as this was the second year we had won it in a row.
“Representing Hertfordshire at the National Police Cadet Competition in Scotland was particularly exciting and the group’s success is testament to their hard work and determination.
“I have every confidence that they will be able to build on this success over the next year and I would like to thank all the cadets for their hard work.
“Police cadets often work closely with frontline officers to help keep residents safe, assisting them with anything from test purchases to community events.
“The St Albans and Harpenden Volunteer Police Cadets take this role seriously, while having great fun, and they are a real asset to both the Constabulary and the local community.”