Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) attend reception at Parliament
The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) movement is showing teens and adults alike there is more to young people than many of us may think. The organisation has grown from humble beginnings in a relatively short space of time, starting as a pilot project, in 2014, with just five groups. In less than four years the scheme has expanded to 41 active groups, with more than 1,000 members aged between 13 and 17, assisted by more than 300 adult volunteers the length and breadth of Scotland.
Calls to open axed Edinburgh police stations to tackle yobs
Police Scotland have been urged to investigate re-opening local police stations across the Capital to the public after officers in Balerno were able to use a mothballed station to crack down on anti-social behaviour during the summer. Councillors in the south west of the city have asked police to consider re-opening police stations after officers stationed at Balerno, which closed in 2015, were able to respond quickly to unruly youngsters causing trouble. It is thought that “a group of under-age drinkers” arrived in the community by bus and caused trouble including vandalism, threatening behaviour and intimidation and at least one serious case of assault.
Drug detection dog has two-day introduction with Orkney community
Whisky the sniffer dog is to be unleashed by crowdfunding locals to crack down on dealers and was brought to the islands for a two-day introduction this week to meet the community with his handler PC Matthew Watson. But the Golden Labrador was involved in “enforcement activity” after a search of two properties at Andersquoy in Kirkwall resulted in herbal cannabis valued at approximately £300 being recovered. Orkney is to get its first permanent sniffer dog next month after a fundraising drive by anti-drugs campaigners. The charity set up to raise the cash has almost reached its initial funding target and has recruited a £27,000-a-year dog handler for the first patrols to be launched in the autumn.
Pupils solve crime in project which saw teacher ‘arrested
A callous snack thief who ruined break time for a group of Kirkcaldy primary school kids has been uncovered. Pupils at Kirkcaldy’s Fair Isle Primary have just completed an unusual assignment which ended with one staff member being ‘arrested’. Teacher Christina Beattie wanted to get the P4 children writing, and so concocted a scenario where the pupils would have to solve a crime at the school. Sgt Jimmy Adamson of Kirkcaldy Police Station said: “This is a fantastic way to give the pupils insight into police work, and we are delighted to support Fair Isle Primary School with this project.
Fresh call for UK-wide smacking ban
The Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) proposed a motion at the TUC Congress in Manchester yesterday calling for a full ban on corporal punishment in the UK, after the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Scotland Bill was lodged in the Scottish Parliament last week by Green MSP John Finnie. Addressing the annual TUC Congress, John Drewicz, member of the AEP’s national executive committee, said, ‘Smacking is harmful to a child’s mental health, it models aggressive behaviour and it says to them that it is OK to use violence. There are many other more effective ways of teaching children right from wrong than by hitting them. The Bill, which was proposed and lodged in Scottish Parliament by Highlands and Island MSP John Finnie, is backed by a range of organisations including the Scottish Police Federation, Barnardo’s Scotland, the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland and the NSPCC.