Police cadets Sophie Mellor and Megan Cowap (pictured), chatted with Mr Hurd and explained what their group had done to win such coveted awards.

The cadets all trained to become Alzheimer's Society's dementia friends to ensure the Cleveland force area is a better place for people living with dementia.

In addition, they provided training to local police teams and arranged a series of socials for elderly people.  For example, in December they arranged a screening of the 1954 film "White Christmas" at the Regent Cinema in Redcar, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society, Safe in Tees Valley, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and the Regent Cinema.  The cadets dressed to replicate the era in relevant clothing and sold ice creams and cakes from wood usherette trays.

A Christmas party was organised for residents of a care home in Middlesbrough, computer tablets were donated to care homes and training was given to residents and staff to show them how to use apps such as games or Skype to contact family and friends.

The Lord Ferrers Awards are highly prestigious awards that recognise the outstanding contribution of special constables, police support volunteers and volunteer police cadets; offering both individual and team awards to those who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities.

This was a magnificent achievement by the Cleveland Police Cadets and they have been, rightly, praised from the highest quarters.