Move over Columbo – there’s a new cop in town!
Gomersal teenager Kim Lundgren beat competition from more than 160 other people to win a regional police award for young people.
Kim,from Sherwood Close, received the Explorer of the Year award from West Yorkshire Police after she took part in a project to assist PCSOs in Leeds earlier this year.
The Explorers is a scheme set up by West Yorkshire Police to help get 16- to 18-year-olds involved with their police force, and Kim, 18, came out on top in their awards ceremony at Bishopgarth Training School this summer.
“I nearly cried when they read out my name,” said Kim. “I was so shocked that I had won out of 160 other people – it was so exciting!”
Kim assisted PCSOs in the City and Holbeck Division in Leeds, and was enthusiastic to take part in the project.
She added: “I think the thought that you are helping to keep the public safe is the biggest motivation, and is very rewarding.”
Kim, who is currently studying a BTEC in art, has now joined the police as a support volunteer, and wants to become more active in the force in the future.
She added: “Eventually, I would like to become a police officer, but before that I would like to get more experience, maybe as a special constable.
“I would say that for any young people interested in becoming part of the police, it is definitely worth enquiring about – it was the most worthwhile experience of my life.”