TWO Carmarthenshire police cadets have been awarded for their leadership, professionalism and enthusiasm at a national competition.

Dyfed-Powys Police cadets Ffion Jenkins and Mimi Woods received individual awards from the Chief Constable of British Transport Police at the National Volunteer Police Cadet Competition.

More than 250 volunteers from 16 forces across the UK took part in the three-day Cadets United event at RAF Cosford, in Shropshire, which seeks to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of the many young people attending.

Hosted by last year’s winners British Transport Police, the cadets went through a number of physical and mental challenges with an overall theme of railway safety in a bid to take the top spot.

Representing Dyfed-Powys were 12 cadets from Carmarthenshire, nine from Newtown and one from Ceredigion.

Sergeant Kerry Scoberg, from the Amman Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The competition ran over three days with various events including a military challenge, a who-dunnit challenge, and the bleep test.

“A total of 22 cadets from Dyfed-Powys attended the competition, and they were a credit to the organisation and did us proud.

“There were awards for cadets who excelled throughout – and we were very pleased for Ffion Jenkins and Mimi Woods, of the Carmarthenshire Cadets, who received individual awards for their leadership, professionalism and enthusiasm throughout the competition.”

The event culminated in a formal parade and presentation for the winners, which this year was Police Scotland.

Police cadets are volunteers aged between 13 and 18 who make a commitment to help their communities and gain an understanding of policing. The scheme also encourages those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion to join.

The National Volunteer Police Cadets is supported by the Association of Chief Officers and is undertaken by the majority of police services across the UK.

The scheme was launched in Dyfed-Powys in 2015. The cadets meet every week and take part in local community initiatives and police campaigns. The scheme aims to develop an understanding of the police amongst young people, to encourage good citizenship and inspire young people to participate positively in their communities and support local policing priorities.

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