Police Explorers awarded for dedication to West Yorkshire Police (2 Jul 2015)


Intrepid young Explorers who have experienced the work of West Yorkshire Police were rewarded for their hard work and dedication at an Awards Evening on Wednesday evening (1/07).

The event, at the Carr Gate Complex celebrated the achievements of this year's intake of Explorers, who were joined by friends and family as they received their awards from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson and Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins.

A total of 150 youngsters aged 16-18 took part in this year's Explorer Programme which aims to inspire young people and give them an exciting, behind-the-scenes look into 21st century policing.

In addition to all of the Explorers receiving individual Certificates of Achievements, 7 Explorers were awarded a trophy for District Explorer of the Year and 1 exceptional Explorer was crowned as West Yorkshire Police Explorer of the Year.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"I congratulate each and every young Explorer who has received a Certificate of Achievement which demonstrates how well they have worked on the programme.

"Programmes such as these are crucial because these young people could become the future talent of West Yorkshire Police. It is important that we treat all young people as citizens, valuing their interests and opinions as much as any other group in the community, and this programme provides a great insight for those interested in a policing career. T

"They have now developed an understanding of West Yorkshire Police and their talent and determination has been recognised.

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "For the eighth year in a row the young people who have taken part in the Explorers' programme have shown extremely high levels of commitment, dedication and enthusiasm during their time with us.

" This year we welcomed the largest group of Explorers yet, and we hope now that even more young people will take an interest in the programme. It's amazing how these young people find the time to engage in the range of community and voluntary activities on top of the Explorer Programme and their studies.

"I'd like to congratulate all the winners on the night, and thank everyone who has taken part and got involved, and also those who have provided support to the programme.

"Following their experiences with us, I am confident that this terrific group of young people will go on to become highly motivated and inclusive members of society, and hopefully West Yorkshire Police, in the coming years."

Simon Phillips, who co-ordinates the Explorers programme, said:

"This is the culmination of a year of hard work and dedication by young people who, we hope, will be the future of West Yorkshire Police.

" The awards evening provides the opportunity to recognise and reward individual and group achievements and for senior members of West Yorkshire Police to engage with young people from across the community.

"Although Explorers has come to an end, we hope that many will continue to work with us as Volunteers, Specials, PCSOs and Police Officers."

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