Published on December 14th, 2010 | by Dean Carr
Teen cadet praised
When you think of 15-year-olds buying alcohol, an award is the last thing you expect them to get.
But this is exactly what an “exceptional” police cadet received.
Hampton Academy student Cameron Watson was awarded a special police commendation after being involved in a sting on shops that sold alcohol to under-age teenagers.
He bought alcohol illegally from a shop, leading to its alcohol licence being revoked.
The teenager was given the award after he had to go to court and face a 45-minute grilling from a lawyer, something PC Daniel Holden described as “amazing”.
He said: “It is exceptional for a cadet to have to go to court, but then to go to face cross-examination is unheard of.”
He is the first cadet to receive an individual commendation for more than five years and said he was proud to be given the award in the ceremony at Twickenham Stadium.
He said: “I feel honoured to be among other police officers who have made bigger impacts. All the hard work that I had done had paid off. I felt part of the police and that I am working to make London safer, even as a cadet.”
His commanding Sergeant David George said he was “very proud”.
Cameron joined the police cadets aged 14 and has always aimed to be a fully qualified officer. He plans to enrol in the force after completing a two-year public service course.
He said: “I have wanted to join the police for as long as I can remember really. I thought that I could help people and I thought I would fit really well within the police.” p Teenagers aged between 14 and 19 have been urged to join a new police cadet unit. Richmond police said its new volunteer police cadets (VPC) group, based in Whitton, will meet on Thursdays between 7pm and 9.30pm.
The group aims to encourage young people to take an interest in policing, provide them with training to become leaders in their communities and promote the spirit of adventure. For more information, email Sergeant David George on TWmailbox. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source : Your Local Guardian