Former North Yorkshire Police officer Andy Bradley from Skipton has been honoured for his work with the National Crimebeat charity, which is the charity of The Association of High Sheriffs of England and Wales.
Andy recently retired from North Yorkshire Police where he specialised as a Youth Action Officer and was a major contributor to the Crimebeat awards scheme which encourages young people to develop a project which benefits the community and helps to reduce or prevent crime.
He has been highly commended by the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope DL and Temporary Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, Tim Madgwick, for his contribution to the scheme and was presented with his award at police headquarters in Newby Wiske last week.
It was a real surprise and pleasure to hear that my work had been acknowledged. One of the most rewarding times during my police service was as a Youth Action Officer.
The opportunity to work with so many inspiring groups of young people in all kinds of settings from primary schools to the Duke of Edinburgh awards, has been a real privilege.
The Crimebeat Awards are a brilliant way of showcasing the work of young people. I believe that working alongside children and young adults from an early age can lead to good community links and sets the foundations for positive relationships between the Police and those young people as they get older.
Peter Scrope DL, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire said:
I was delighted to jointly present this award to former PC Andy Bradley. Andy has made a really positive contribution to Crimebeat in North Yorkshire involving young people throughout the County in crime awareness projects.
Two years ago North Yorkshire won the national competition and last year our county winners, Sutton Community Primary School came third in the National Crimebeat finals held in London.
I am delighted that Andy has agreed to join this year’s North Yorkshire judging panel, for which groups have to submit their entries by the middle of November
Groups of young people aged between 5 and 25 can enter this year’s competition, which is split into two categories:
1. Groups independently developed and run by young people.
2. Groups set-up by an adult and run by young people.
For more information and details of how to apply visit www.national-crimebeat.org.uk