A TEAM of junior crime fighters have been awarded for doing their bit to combat car park thieves in the New Forest.
The district’s cadet unit, made up of local youngsters (pictured) and led by Hampshire Constabulary civilian worker Christopher Brown, won the Police Cadet Team of the Year at the 2019 Safer Awards.
The annual prize-giving is run by police and crime commissioner Michael Lane to thank volunteers for going beyond the call of duty to support policing and the community.
The New Forest youngsters were praised for their development of a high-visibility patrol operation in which they offered advice and leaflets to drivers as well as providing a deterrent to would-be criminals.
Mr Lane said: “Volunteers really matter, they help us to connect with the community, enable communities to become more resilient, and the value that they add to the work of the constabulary and partners is enormous.
“Every year I am inspired by those nominated, by their expertise, perseverance, heart and commitment. Those present at the awards are but just a few of those who deserve our thanks and recognition for all that they do.”
Others winning awards in 14 categories were outstanding individuals and teams from groups across Hampshire such as the Specials, Victim Support, Neighbourhood Watch and Community Speedwatch.