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Jack Petchey award for Barking and Dagenham police cadet

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 December 2018

Samantha Mills attends Barking and Dagenham's branch of the voluntary police cadets (VPC). Picture: JACK PETCHEY FOUNDATION

Samantha Mills attends Barking and Dagenham's branch of the voluntary police cadets (VPC). Picture: JACK PETCHEY FOUNDATION

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A Barking and Dagenham police cadet has scooped an award for always doing her best.

Samantha Mills attends the borough’s branch of the voluntary police cadets (VPC).

The 11-year-old was shy when she joined last year finding it difficult to speak to leaders and senior members.

But her confidence has grown since and she has made many friends during her time there.

She volunteered to represent her group at this year’s New Year’s Day parade in London.

A total of 140 cadets received Jack Petchey Foundation achievement awards presented at Kensington Great Hall on Sunday.

Chief Supt, Steve Banks, told the audience at the event: “Many thanks on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service to the Jack Petchey Foundation for its support and showcasing the great work of the cadets.”

The event honoured winners aged 11 to 25 who each received a medallion, framed certificate and cheque for £250.

Samantha decided to spend her prize money on a fun day for the junior cadets.

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