Year 9 Newton Abbot College student, Christopher Ratcliffe, has won a double award at the annual Newton Abbot Community Police Cadets Award Ceremony, held at the end of November.
Christopher, who has only been a cadet for six months, received the Newton Abbot Police Cadets’ ‘Most Dedicated Cadet’ Award as well as the Tesco ‘Community Outstanding Achievement’ award in recognition of his dedication to the organisation and work within the local community, attending cadet events and promoting the police profile in the local area.
The presentations, made by Superintendent Capey and Community Champion Janet Parker on behalf of Tesco were the first of their kind; no Police Cadet has ever had the honour of receiving two of the five available awards at the same ceremony.
Christopher said of the award: “It felt amazing to get the awards; I had no idea. I love being in the Police Cadets; it widens how much you reach out to the community and how close you become with the other cadets. We are like one big family. I have just applied to be a Section Leader and Deputy Head in the Cadets and I ultimately want to be a Naval Engineer and a Police dog handler. I would say to anyone wanting to try something new - don’t be shy, follow your dreams and just go for it!”
Newton Abbot College Teacher of Physical Education, Mike Dicks said: “As both Christopher’s teacher and a member of the Newton Abbot College community, I am very proud of this fabulous achievement. Recognition like this is a real testament to the dedication and enthusiasm shown by such a talented member of our College.”