Cadets earn top awards

From left, James Flanagan, Nathan Storm, Erin Holtom, Andrew Tierney and Erin Hutchinson

From left, James Flanagan, Nathan Storm, Erin Holtom, Andrew Tierney and Erin Hutchinson

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CADETS proved they have the making to be top cops by completing a prestigious scheme.

Six Police Cadets from Hartlepool were given their Duke of Edinburgh Awards at a ceremony marking their dedication and hard work.

Andrew Tierney, Nathan Storm and Katie Allen received the sectional certificate for expedition; Erin Hutchinson and James Flanagan received the sectional certificate for expedition and volunteering; and Erin Holtom received the certificate for skill.

Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard said: “The programme gives us, as an organisation, the chance to engage with young people in a positive way, and to help create safer, stronger communities in a positive way.

“I’m extremely proud of our cadets and the hard work and effort they put in to achieving awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.”

The Cleveland Police Cadet programme was launched in 2009 and is open to youngsters aged between 13 and 18 years old.

It gives teenagers the chance to develop life and citizenship skills while getting involved at the heart of their local communities and to make new friends.

As part of the programme, cadets also have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

There are 25 cadets in Hartlepool and the group meets weekly with the help of police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs), youth workers and volunteers.

Award winners James and Erin are now volunteer support workers on the cadet programme in Hartlepool.

Pam Andrews-Mawer, of the Cleveland Police Authority said: “I am delighted to offer congratulations to these cadets who deserve recognition for the hard work and effort that led to this achievement.

“But I would also like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the police officers, PCSOs, youth workers and volunteers who make these courses possible and support the cadets throughout.”

Georgina Swanson, Cleveland Police Cadet Programme Co-ordinator, added: “This is another great example of how the Cadet Programme is making a real difference to the lives of young people across Cleveland.”