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It was a night of celebration and recognition as the police cadets were rewarded for their outstanding achievements. 

The award ceremony took place at Police Headquarters at Lloyd House last Wednesday, where Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster joined Chief Inspector Mohammed Hanif in the honour of presenting cadets with their well-deserved Grade 1 Awards.

The spotlight shone on fourteen talented teenagers who are members of our 3BE (Queensbridge School) and 5BE (Kingstanding & Erdington) cadet units. 

The cadets scheme provides young individuals aged 13 to 17 years with a unique opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence, and make a positive impact in their local communities. It also diverts young people away from negative influences and crime. 

In addition to the cadets, two inspiring individuals were acknowledged for their exceptional contributions as High Sheriff Cadet Ambassadors. 

Samina Iqbal and Sahib Gahir were commended for their efforts in supporting the West Midlands High Sheriff during his shrivel year. 

Drum Corps Unit Commander Maurice Kempson, PC Matt Botterill and Sergeant Louise Maile were also presented with “Above and Beyond” awards for their outstanding support and contributions to our cadets’ scheme.  

The evening was filled with pride and admiration as the young police cadets and their leaders were applauded for their achievements.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster said: “The dedication and passion shown by these remarkable young people, as well as the support from their mentors, are essential to creating safer communities. Their commitment to serving the public is truly commendable and worthy of celebration. They should all be very proud of their achievements.”

Cadet Youth Engagement Officer Liz Curran said: “We are filled with immense pride as our cadets achieve their Grade 1 awards, a testament to their dedication, commitment and hard work.

“Our cadets consistently aspire to meet new challenges with resilience, and a professional attitude and continually amaze myself and their leaders with the work they undertake in their communities.

“Their visible presence builds trust and confidence, especially with other young people and those who may not necessarily engage with police.

“All of our cadets and volunteers are incredible. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them. Congratulations to all the award winners, your achievements make us very proud.”

If you are interested in becoming a police cadet, or would like to volunteer as a cadet leader, please email [email protected] or visit our page here

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