West London police spearhead cyber-crime initiative

Volunteer Police Cadets have won The Lord Ferrer's award for outstanding contribution to volunteering to policing for an unusual cyber-crime project in the West London borough of Hillingdon.

The project, spearheaded by eight police cadets between the ages of 17 and 18, aimed to bridge the age gap between ‘early adopters' and their elders by providing a series of easy-access workshops to help people avoid cyber crime by spotting scams, fraudulent emails and websites.

The scheme, supported by Age UK and Brunel University among others, is the first in the UK. While the project was initially rolled out in the London Borough of Hillingdon in late 2014, the workshops continue to be delivered to people aged over 50 and have now spread to all 32 of London's boroughs and nationwide.

Police Cadets, Cybercrime initiative.
The police cadets accept their award with home secretary, Theresa May.

All the cadets were given specialist training as part of Operation Falcon, the London Metropolitan Police's dedicated cyber-crime effort.

The eight winning cadets were handed the award at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 9th September. Hillingdon Borough Commander, Nick Downing, said, “I am both delighted and very proud of the achievement of Hillingdon's volunteer cadets and staff in receiving the prestigious Lord Ferrers Award.” Downing added that, "their hard work and dedication have not only made a difference to the communities of Hillingdon, but now across London and I would hope soon across the UK.”