A teenage Polish girl living in Merthyr Tydfil has scooped one of the UK’s most prestigious policing awards. Alicja Sadkiewicz won the Volunteer Police Cadet Award and it was announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday (Oct 16).
The 14-year-old who has lived in Merthyr Tydfil since she was eight years-old with her family, fought off some stiff competition from across the country to win the award which recognises individual achievements in youth volunteering in the police service.
There are over 12,500 youth volunteers or police cadets across the UK – hundreds of nominations were put forward for the award. Alicja has been a police youth volunteer for over two years with South Wales Police.
She was nominated by pc Angela Rogers, a schools liaison officer based Merthyr Tydfil who met Alicja when she was still in primary school.
At just seven years-old, Alicja volunteered to translate for Angela while she gave talks on important issues such as anti-social behaviour, substance and alcohol abuse and personal safety.
Angela said: “I am absolutely ecstatic for Alicja and her family. She deserves this recognition so much for the efforts sand commitment which she has put into being a police volunteer. It’s in Alicja’s nature to help others – right from the start she was translating for me so that her Polish friends – who could not speak English – could understand what I was telling them