Tameside police cadets recognised by GMP Chief Constable

TWO members of Tameside’s Voluntary Police Cadet Unit have been honoured by Greater Manchester Police’s top cop.

The Chief Constable’s annual awards for 2023 took place last week, with teams and individuals recognised for their achievements over the past year.

Best practice, bravery and teamwork across all areas of the force were highlighted among 18 categories in total, with Chief Constable Stephen Watson responsible for deciding the winners.

The borough’s Cadet Unit is for young people between the ages of 13 and 17, offering a mixture of activity, information and fun during weeknights for teenagers in areas where it’s deemed there’s little to occupy them.

Unit leader Garry Joynes won the Cadet Leader of the Year prize and Head Cadet Toby Parker was chosen as Cadet of the Year.

They were presented with their awards by the Chief Constable and The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.

“Friday night’s event shone a light on the fantastic work being done by teams and individuals across GMP as we look to progress from being the most improved force in the country to the best force in the country,” CC Watson said.

“As I read through the details of the work of the nominees for each of the categories, I felt incredibly proud to be the Chief Constable of this resurgent organisation – and I had that feeling again on the big night itself.

“These award winners are leading by example, delivering the level of service we expect and are expected to provide the communities of Greater Manchester.”

The winner of the Overall Award and Criminal Investigation of the Year was Rochdale CID’s Operation Cardington team (pictured).

A full list of winners from across Greater Manchester can be viewed here.

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