Tim Mann MBE

The National VPC teams very own Tim Mann has been awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to young people. Tim is well known by VPC leaders and cadets alike for his enthusiastic training delivery and sheer positiveness in all things VPC. "After nearly two decades working with Volunteer Police Cadets both in policing, and outside with the National VPC team, as well as other Uniformed youth groups, youth organisations, charities and key partners in public service and the corporate world, I am very proud and humbled to receive this MBE Award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Making a difference, positively encouraging young people and helping to open doors they may never even knew existed, is what this is all about. And through it all, the person who I think has been the most inspired, uplifted and filled with hope because of them – has been me!

Paula Cooper BEM

Pc Paula Cooper, who coordinates the VPC activity in the Metropolitan Police is awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) for enthusiastically supporting and developing over 3,700 volunteer police cadets (VPC) across London since 2015. She has ensured that the VPC benefits from as wide a range of experiences and opportunities as possible, and her drive and determination has led to 43% of the VPC being from under-represented communities and 49% being female, creating a truly diverse organisation. Her personal investment of hours, work and commitment has enabled the VPC to flourish. Paula said, “I am really honoured to be receiving this award. I actually didn't believe it initially and I'm really lucky to do a job that I'm really passionate about and really makes a difference to young people. The cadets is such a great programme allowing young people to get an insight and understanding of policing and gain valuable life experience