Officers who were first at the scene of a fatal gas explosion in Hounslow were among those honoured at a London-wide police awards ceremony yesterday.
Hounslow Police scooped two gongs, with Hounslow Central crowned Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Year and Ayesha Razzaq named Cadet of the Year.
Hounslow Police borough commander Carl Bussey said he was 'delighted' their hard work and dedication had been recognised at the Excellence in Total Policing Awards, held in Westminster.
"Ayesha's efforts as a volunteer police cadet have been phenomenal this year and she sets a high standard for our other cadets to follow," he added.
"The work of the Hounslow Central Neighbourhood Policing Team in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow has significantly reduced crime in the town centre making it a safer place for all - and this work will continue."
The neighbourhood policing team, which covers the central third of the borough and is made up of 50 officers, is led by Inspector Richard Smith.
He said he was thrilled at the recognition for his officers, who have helped cut violent crime in the area by a third and robbery by two thirds in the last year.
As well as tackling crime, especially drug dealing and burglaries, he said they had played a major role supporting those affected by the gas explosion in Bath Road, Hounslow, last October, in which two people died.
"The team really stepped up on that day and were great in terms of their initial response and in looking after people who'd been displaced," he added.
"This is a young, relatively inexperienced team but they have shown incredible enthusiasm and commitment to helping local people and they are a pleasure to lead."
Ayesha joined the cadets in Hounslow, a voluntary team of 13 to 18-year-olds who help steward events, carry out test alcohol and tobacco purchases and deliver crime prevention leaflets, among other activities three years ago.
She was praised as a 'staunch ambassador' for the organisation, who had actively recruited new cadets and found a suitable venue so Hounslow become only the second London borough to launch a junior cadet group.
A total of 20 awards were presented to officers from across London at the ceremony last night.
A heroic team of officers from Hounslow who helped a terrified couple under attack from a vicious dog on New Year's Day last year were shortlisted in the outstanding bravery award.
But Team C, who Tasered the Staffordshire bull terrier as it charged at them, and who then administered first aid to the husband and wife, missed out on the award.