Northumbria Sergeant attends Royal appointment at Buckingham Palace

14 Jun 2016 09:45 AM

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A Northumbria Police officer attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace recently, after an invite by royal appointment.

Sergeant Alan Parks was invited to the Palace for his contribution to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and helping Northumbria achieve one of the highest completion rates in the country for the Bronze Award.

Sgt Parks plays a crucial role in the Northumbria Police Volunteer Police Cadets Scheme after setting up the first group in Gateshead in 2010. The scheme was rolled out across the force in 2012 with six groups.

Young people who become Volunteer Police Cadets are given the opportunity to enroll onto the scheme and over the past four years the force has signed up more than 300 participants.

And, more than 90% of those who sign up to the Awards go on to successfully complete their Bronze Award which is one of the highest completion rates in the country.

Sgt Alan Parks was also recognised at Northumbria's first ever Volunteers' Conference, hosted by Northumbria Police and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, for his outstanding contribution to the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme in a surprise award. The award was presented by Chief Constable Steve Ashman.

CC Ashman said: "Alan's commitment to the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme has been nothing short of outstanding, he has been dedicated to mentoring our young cadets and their leaders since he first introduced the scheme in Gateshead in 2010, since then the scheme has gone from strength to strength with the Duke of Edinburgh Award playing a huge part. I'm thrilled Alan has been recognised for the part he plays in helping ensure we have one of the highest completion rates for the Bronze Award and I hope we can continue to achieve this."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: "I wish to congratulate Alan on his dedication to working with the cadets over the years. He has been a credit to the force and I know the cadets are grateful to him for all his work guiding and inspiring them in their roles. Receiving an invitation to Buckingham Palace is an honour and one which Alan certainly deserves."

Sgt Parks said: "I am very proud to have represented Northumbria Police at the Duke of Edinburgh's Diamond Jubilee celebration. During the day I met colleagues and friends from across the country involved in the development of the life skills of young people through the award, the invitation acknowledged the success of the Northumbria Police Volunteer Cadet scheme".

For more information about the Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme and volunteering in Northumbria Police visit the Northumbria Police website

Photo caption: Alan Parks pictured with Baronness Michelle Mone who hosted is his visit to Buckingham Palace where he met HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

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