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Bedfordshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, thanked and congratulated the staff and pupils of Queens Park Academy, Bedford by awarding them with the Community Cohesion Creativity Award 2017.

Their outstanding contribution enabled Bedfordshire Police’s Community Cohesion Team to feature in the Bedford River Festival last year, when members of the school were instrumental in planning the police involvement.  The event proved a huge success with school representatives taking part in a walking float alongside the police.

On presenting the Award, Commissioner Holloway said:  "Queen's Park Academy is an absolutely outstanding school when it comes to working together with Bedfordshire Police. The school runs one of my Junior Police Squads which gives pupils experience of working as a team and problem-solving with a real focus on policing and being a good citizen. It all starts from the top with the Head who fully deserves her Community Cohesion Award for building bridges to help children feel confident in reporting any crime worries to a police officer.

"Year Six pupils also got involved and produced some outstanding work to create costumes as part of Bedfordshire Police's presence at the River Festival and absolutely deserved their award as Creativity Champions."

The Creativity Champions Award was part of the annual Bedfordshire Police Community Cohesion Awards 2017, which saw members of the community acknowledged for their contributions in 21 categories at an event held last month in Luton.