Food for thought as Ken serves up £500 bonus for ace detective work
And when a piece of good, old fashioned detective work resulted in the return of his stolen goods – he wanted to say ‘thanks’ to the cops concerned.
After the heartbreak of suffering the theft, Reiser UK was so impressed by the police response that it’s donated £500 to Staffordshire Young Police Cadets – the fledging uniformed service set up to strengthen links between the Staffordshire force and young people by the county’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Milton Keynes-based food packaging firm was hit with the loss of a £20,000 shrink-wrap machine from a company in Four Ashes, in South Staffordshire, in November 2013.
But the machine, which had been leased, was recovered and returned to Reiser by PC Carl Paton from South Staffordshire Local Policing Team after a warrant was executed in Darlaston, West Midlands.
The donation will help fund the ongoing roll-out of the Cadets’ programme across Staffordshire following the launch of successful units in Stafford and Cannock, with a third starting soon in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Cadets’ service is all about giving advantages to young people – some from challenging backgrounds – who through a positive and vibrant programme can learn how to become responsible citizens.
We’re very grateful for Reiser’s generous donation which will make a big difference to young people’s lives through the Cadets’ service. The fact that it came as a result of some excellent police work is the icing on the cake.
Reiser managing director Ken Mossford, pictured, said: “We wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to Carl for his determination to find and recover our equipment.
“Cadets services like the one in Staffordshire are doing a fantastic job at engaging young people, so it was our pleasure to make a donation.”
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has promised that money will not be redirect from frontline policing to fund the Cadets’ Service, so donations are used to fund uniforms, equipment and transport for the youngsters.
The service is funded through the OPCC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Fund which is a registered charity.
More patrons and sponsors are needed to fund the service as it grows.
In return for becoming a patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities. For more details visit www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-cadets