National praise for cadets

Cadets and leaders with guests at the award ceremony. The cadets are holding framed commendation certificates presented by  Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Paula Wood. Front row, seated, from left, Detective Chief Insp Steve Taylor, Boston Mayoress Cllr Alison Austin, Boston Mayor Cllr Richard Austin, Chief Sup Paula Wood, Chief Insp Jim Tyner.
Cadets and leaders with guests at the award ceremony. The cadets are holding framed commendation certificates presented by Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Paula Wood. Front row, seated, from left, Detective Chief Insp Steve Taylor, Boston Mayoress Cllr Alison Austin, Boston Mayor Cllr Richard Austin, Chief Sup Paula Wood, Chief Insp Jim Tyner.

When Boston Police Cadets attend their annual awards ceremony there is an expectation that some of them will be picked out for honours.

But this year every single one involved in the year’s main activities received an Area Commander’s Commendation.

Chief Superintendent Paula Wood awarded a certificate of commendation to all the cadets and their leaders in recognition of their excellence, professionalism and dedication to the Boston Volunteer Police Cadets and particularly for producing a film warning people about rogue traders.

Lincolnshire Police were so impressed with what they produced that they used it as a campaign throughout the county.

The cadets wrote, scripted, acted, directed and edited a short film in which an elderly man was targeted by a pair of dodgy builders who sought to overcharge him for work he had not asked them to complete.

In the film they even portrayed the elderly victim being strong-armed 
to the bank so he could take out the cash to pay 
them.

The production received national recognition and a runners-up prize in the National Lord Ferriers Policing Awards. The cadets attended the awards ceremony on the terrace of the House of Lords, hosted by the Home Secretary.

Chief Supt Woods said: “I would also like to pay testament to the team of cadet corps leaders who are exceptional role models for the cadets.

“They work tirelessly to give direction and provide opportunities and experiences for the cadets to develop them into confident and competent young men and women.”

Individual additional honours went to: Green Section Leader China Smith (Section Points Championship Trophy); Section Leader James Brand (Individual Cadet Points Award); Cadet Heather Montgomery (Community Achiever Award); Cadet Bethany McGuire and Section Leader James Brand (Best Presented Cadet Award); Cadet Stephen Covell (Most Improved Cadet Award); Section Leader China Smith (Best New Cadet Award); Section Leader China Smith (Cadet’s Cadet of the Year Award); Cadet Jamie Smith (Cadet of the Year Award).