Cadet Emma’s winning ways

Barnsley cadets. Pictured are: (front row, L-R) Emma Addis, Rebecca McNicholas, volunteer cadet assistant Farzanna Jamma, Rebecca Bligh, Cara Taylor and Matthew Niland; (back row, L-R) Luke Brown, Josef Nowak, Matthew Elvin, Sean Russell and PC Andy Schofield.

Barnsley cadets. Pictured are: (front row, L-R) Emma Addis, Rebecca McNicholas, volunteer cadet assistant Farzanna Jamma, Rebecca Bligh, Cara Taylor and Matthew Niland; (back row, L-R) Luke Brown, Josef Nowak, Matthew Elvin, Sean Russell and PC Andy Schofield.

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A DEARNE teenager has been named among the county’s most outstanding police cadets.

Emma Addis, aged 18 from Bolton joined Jamie Ellison from Rotherham and Sheffield’s Jessica Beech in receiving awards for Best Endeavour at a recent presentation night.

More than 70 teenagers have been praised for 18 months of invaluable work as South Yorkshire Police volunteer cadets.

Over a quarter of them will continue with their work so that they can help with the Olympic Torch Relay this June, joining police and other officials to line the route and assist at an evening celebration in Sheffield.

There were 76 cadets in the 2010 to 2012 intake of which 30 were from the Rotherham area, 16 from Doncaster and 15 each at Barnsley and Sheffield, who met weekly at their district’s main police station and together quarterly.

They have been involved in everything from test purchasing at pubs and clubs to helping at youth clubs, serving up Christmas lunches at an annual party for the National Association of Retired Police Officers’ widows, and activities such as Sport FX that has been a big success with youngsters from the community at the Dearne ALC.

Each cadet received a framed certificate from Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Bob Sanderson on March 28.

Individual awards for `most progress,’ went to: Luke Brown, aged 18 from Barnsley, Nicholas Wood from Doncaster, Amy Jeffries from Rotherham and Jennie Gamble and Adam Hussain from Sheffield.

The awards for outstanding achievement went to: Cara Taylor, aged 18 of Dodworth, Barnsley, Abbie Lyon from Rotherham and Jessica Phillips and Joel Morrison, from Doncaster.

Next September will see the entry age for cadets lowered to 15 years. Anyone interested should log on to www.southyorkshire.police.uk and click onto the `work for us’ section.