Graham Smout MBE, from Stafford, who is a Cadets co-ordinator for Staffs Police has been awarded the ‘Queens Award for Voluntary Service, alongside other Staffordshire Police Cadet Leaders as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The 62-strong group of adult volunteers – which includes parents, members of the public, police officers, PCSOs and Specials – have been honoured for their work with the youngsters.
The honour is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups.
The cadets were introduced by Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, back in 2013. The scheme is for 13-to-17 year-olds and delivered by Staffordshire Police.
Mr Ellis said: ‘I am absolutely delighted the work of the police cadet adult leaders has been formally recognised by Her Majesty the Queen. The cadet scheme would not be possible without volunteers who give up their own time to guide and mentor the cadets. Their role is invaluable in helping to bring a sense of civic duty and character-building to youngsters on their journey through to adulthood. ‘The cadet leaders are helping to develop great citizens for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the future.’
The Staffordshire Police Cadets regularly take part in activities which benefit the community – giving them an insight into Staffordshire Police’s work, as well as being a good citizen.
This includes assisting at local events, offering safety advice or helping with local concerns.
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: ‘This is a huge honour and great recognition for all our cadet leaders who selflessly volunteer each week to help run our cadet units and I continue to be grateful for the work they do.’
Graham Smout was the cadets’ inaugural cadet coordinator.