DOZENS of teenagers have been hailed as community champions for their work with the police cadets.
Around 75 Cleveland Police cadets have received certificates thanking them for the work that they do in their spare time to improve community safety, boost their skills and help the local environment.
The cadets, aged from 13 to 18 and from Hartlepool, east Cleveland, Stockton and Middlesbrough, have taken part in more than 3,000 hours of volunteering since the programme was launched in March 2009.
A celebration of their work was held at Oakwood Centre, in Eaglescliffe, where relatives got to see some of their projects along with a display by the police dog team and a police patrol car close up.
Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard said: “The cadets are an integral part of the force, spending their spare time on worthwhile and productive activities for the benefit of the people of Cleveland.”