Staffordshire Police Cadets have welcomed four new ambassadors – based with two well-known names in the county.
Football League club Burton Albion and Alrewas-based Leavesley Group have been heavily involved in backing their local Staffordshire cadet units, who were established by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold thanked Albion chairman Ben Robinson and Matt Hancock, the club’s head of community trust, along with James and John Leavesley of the Leavesley Group.
All four men were presented with ‘Police Cadet Ambassador’ certificates and badges to wear when attending events.
DPCC Sue Arnold said: ‘Burton Albion and their Community Trust have been very supportive of the Burton Cadets since day one.
‘We share the same values as the Trust – it’s all about promoting and supporting young people.
‘Ben and Matt do a brilliant job in raising our profile.
‘And the Leavesley brothers James and John have been big supporters of the Burton Cadets and, before that, the Tamworth Cadets.
‘Not only are they among our platinum sponsors, but they are philanthropists and, like us, big supporters of tomorrow’s adults.
‘It also goes to show how highly people value the cadets and their work within Staffordshire’s communities.
‘I’ve seen young people from all backgrounds; grow in confidence immeasurably from not saying boo to a goose one minute to playing vital supportive roles at major events.
‘The generosity of the public can only help our growth and prosperity.’
The Staffordshire Police Cadets regularly take part in activities across the community, giving them an insight into Staffordshire Police’s work.
This includes assisting at local events, offering safety advice or helping with local concerns.
The Police Cadets work towards several nationally recognised qualifications including team-working and citizenship.
They encourage confidence, well-being and can benefit youngsters both socially and academically.