Lancs police receive plaque for Duke of Edinburgh award scheme

Chief Inspector Ian Sewart and Sergeant Helen Nellany from Lancashire Constabulary attended Buckingham Palace recently to receive a plaque from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

The plaque was given to the force to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.  They were joined by special guests, including other members of the royal family, young people receiving awards from the Duke himself and organizations that support the scheme.

Lancashire Constabulary has been a licence holder for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme since the introduction of its volunteer police cadet programme and many of its cadets take part in it.

Chief Inspector Ian Sewart said: ‘It was a great honour to represent the Constabulary when accepting this award and we look forward to returning with it to Lancashire.  The award recognises all the effort of our trusty cadet leaders along with the cadets taking part and it is wonderful that their efforts have been rewarded in this way.  All those involved have truly lived up to our cadet motto of ‘Let’s go out and do some good’ and it makes me feel very proud.”

With the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Constabulary is now recruiting cadets to fill the additional 200 places made available. This brings the Lancashire establishment of volunteer police cadets up to 650, one of the largest in the UK.  Lancashire headquarters is also hosting the national cadet competition in August this year.

Clive Grunshaw said: “Cadets play an important role in their communities, learning new skills while helping other people. Credit must go to Lancashire’s cadets and leaders for all their hard work. This recognition of their contribution to our communities is fully deserved.”

Cadets welcome boys and girls aged 13-18 year olds. The recruitment window is now open and anyone interested in adventure, learning new skills and volunteering in the community can apply via the website.


dofe award CI Ian Sewart and sgt Helen Nellany

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