Cadets looked back on a year of accomplishments at their annual parade.

Hertsmere Volunteer Police Cadets (HVPC), made up of teenagers aged 13 to 18, gathered at Meryfield Community Primary School on Wednesday evening for the parade.

Katie Wilkinson, 16, of Borehamwood, was named cadets’ cadet of the year and James Blackley, 15, of Radlett, was named leaders’ cadet of the year.

The group's president, Councillor John Donne, said: “Well done to all the cadets, and a special well done to Katie and James for their awards. The annual parade demonstrated how far our police cadets have come and how much they have learnt and developed as a team and as individuals.

Katie added: "I've learned so much from the cadets and we always have loads of fun. I would recommend the cadets as I feel like my confidence has really grown since joining.”

Team Alexander was awarded team of the year, while first aid certificates were also presented and James Blackley, Yasmin Wheeler and Louise Rheeder were appointed as new cadet leaders.

Special guests included Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere Councillor Martin Worster and wife Pam, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Hertsmere Council leader Cllr Morris Bright and councillors Paul Morris and Brenda Batten.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: "It was great to attend such a positive and fun evening. The police cadets not only provide youngsters with an opportunity to take part in a range of activities and make friends, but it also teaches the importance of discipline and getting involved in what's going on in their local community."