07/06/2016

Cleveland Police Cadets Win National Award for Work with People Suffering from Dementia

Cleveland Police Cadets have won a national award for their work with people suffering with dementia in the local community.

The cadets triumphed over all other forces in the country to win the National Volunteer Police Cadet Award for Best Social Actions.

Police Cadet Coordinator, Craig Green, was invited to give a presentation on the social actions of Cleveland’s Cadets at the National Volunteer Police Cadet Conference at the Tulliallan Police Training Centre in Fife, Scotland, on Sunday 5th June.

The conference, which was hosted by Police Scotland, heard how Cleveland Cadets have organised a number of events for people suffering from dementia and residents from local care homes over the last eight months.

In December, the cadets arranged a screening of the 1954 film ‘White Christmas’ at the Regent Cinema in Redcar, in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society, Safe in Tees Valley, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and The Regent Cinema. The cadets dressed to replicate the era in relevant clothing and they sold ice creams and cakes from wooden usherette trays.

A Christmas party was organised for residents of a care home in Middlesbrough, and computer tablets have been donated to care homes along with training for residents and staff to show them how to use apps such as games or Skype to contact family members and friends.

Ings Road Primary School performed a World War II themed production for elderly people and Cleveland Police Cadets arranged tea, coffee and refreshments for them whilst they enjoyed the show.

Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “Congratulations to the cadets, what a fantastic achievement. They have shown incredible community spirit and dedication to helping our most vulnerable members of society.”

Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: “This is a fantastic and well deserved accolade and the cadets should be rightly proud of their achievements.

“They are a wonderful bunch of young people who have given their spare time to help communities.”

Police Cadet Coordinator, Craig Green, from Safe in Tees Valley which is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner to run the cadet programme on behalf of Cleveland Police, said: “This award recognises the hard work that our cadets in Cleveland put into working within local communities and trying to make a difference.

“The cadets will continue with their good work and continue to engage with people who suffer from dementia. One of their next steps is to help introduce the Herbert Protocol in various residential and care homes around Cleveland, which encourages carers, families, friends and neighbours to hold vital information which could help police find someone with dementia if they go missing.

“It is very important for police to better understand conditions such as dementia and working with people who are suffering from this illness builds up relationships and helps to keep some of the most vulnerable people within our communities safe.”