Sussex Police has recognised its 180 volunteer cadets who ‘help keep Sussex safe’.
Police celebrated an awards evening with its 180 cadets supported by Lord Lieutenant Peter Field, Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, ACC Robin Smith, Chief Superintendent Steve Whitton, Temporary Chief Superintendent Di Roskilly and Superintendent James Collis and District Commanders along with their family and friends.
The ceremony, held on Friday, November 20, was an opportunity for Sussex Police to show its gratitude and appreciation for the huge commitment shown by volunteer cadets who support the organisation keeping Sussex safe.
This year’s Sue Elliott Memorial award went to Senior Cadet Joshua Funnell from the Chichester cadets, for ‘excellent mentoring skills, actively developing the skills of others, supporting the leadership team and his positive ‘can do’ attitude’.
The Team of the Year award went to the Adur and Worthing cadets.
Among their many achievements was their commitment to providing crime prevention advice to vulnerable people within the community and for their support in setting up the Junior Neighbourhood Watch Campaign.
There were also eight individual Unit awards and 33 Leavers certificates presented.
Assistant Chieg Constable Robin Smith said: “It is wonderful to celebrate the achievements of our cadet units across Sussex.
“This is a positive reflection of the work that our young people are doing with the support of dedicated police staff/leaders.
“Well done to all of you for your hard work and commitment.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne was a guest speaker at the parade.
She said: “It is always an honour to attend the annual parade and show my appreciation for the huge commitment shown by Sussex Police Cadets.
“Whenever I attend local police events there is always a group of willing Cadets on hand to assist and this is testament to their dedication to serving the wider police family and the people of Sussex.
“The Volunteer Cadets scheme provides a fantastic training ground for young people in Sussex who want to give something back to their local community.
“I was delighted to be asked to speak at the event about the work of another group of young volunteers - the Sussex Youth Commission - and my commitment to developing volunteering opportunities to help keep Sussex safe.”
The Sue Elliott Memorial award is in memory of PC Sue Elliott who was a PC at Brighton.
Initially Sue joined as a Special Constable in Crawley where she helped run the Cadet unit, then became a PC and was posted to Brighton.
Sue was known to all the cadets and ran a ‘tight ship’ in Brighton and Hove, where the cadets became National Champions in 2006 - a title they hold to this day.
Sue passed away in 2007 after battling a long illness. Her family have provided a cup in memory of her name.
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