The devotion, hard work and community spirit of Sussex Police’s young volunteers was celebrated last week at the annual Volunteer Cadet Corps (VCC) parade.
The cadets were joined on Friday, November 21 by VIPs including HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field, High Sheriff of East Sussex Chris Gebbie OBE, Justice of the Peace Carole Shaves MBE, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne and Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Robin Smith, among others.
The evening was a chance to recognise cadets for their outstanding dedication to their units, communities and Sussex Police.
The Sue Elliott memorial award, presented each year to a cadet showing extraordinary commitment, was awarded to Section Leader Jack Dunsmore. Jack was given the award by PCC Katy Bourne following a citation read by Inspector Jon Carter, in which he mentioned a letter from a member of the public thanking Jack for his exceptional work with a vulnerable and elderly neighbour.
Accepting the award, 16-year-old Jack said, “I am honoured to be receiving this award. I really do enjoy volunteering with my unit and am so happy that I can make a difference within my community.”
Talking after the event PCC Katy Bourne said, ”It is always an honour to attend this event and recognise the commitment and support of these young volunteers.
“I was delighted to present Jack Dunsmore with his award for his community work with the elderly. Jack and his colleagues are an inspiration for other young people in Sussex.
“Whenever I attend Sussex Police events there is always a group of willing cadets there to help and assist, which is testament to their dedication to serving the wider police family and the local community.”
ACC Robin Smith, who is the chief officer in charge of Sussex’s VCC units, added, “When I hear people complaining about the ‘youth of today’ I point them in the direction of the 200 volunteer police cadets serving Sussex on a daily basis.
“Their devotion, compassion and hard work is something to be admired. It is something they, their parents and the Sussex community should be very proud of. I know I am proud of the work they do and would like to thank every last one of them for the time they give.”
For more information on the role of young cadets, visit www.sussex.police.uk.