Bedfordshire Police Cadets have won a prestigious national award – with the Luton Cadet Unit winning special praise for its on-going work around knife and alcohol test purchasing.
They scooped the High Sheriffs’ Association of England and Wales National Crimebeat Award 2015/2016 for their outstanding contribution to helping reduce crime and creating a safer community.
The Luton Cadet Unit’s work allows the force to take action against establishments which flout the rules.
The young people – who competed against entries from all over the country – were given the award at a special ceremony at London’s Royal National Hotel in Russell Square.
Among the VIP guests was Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher who said he was “incredibly proud” of the cadets, who were presented with a cheque for £1,000 towards future activities.
Instructor PC Dan James mentored and supported the aspiring policemen and women with their projects.