Police launch teen engagement sessions

Lothian and Borders Police are holding a weeklong series of engagement events to find out what teenagers want from the police.

Police hold workshops for youngsters

Police in the Scottish Borders are holding workshops and session with young people, to get their views on how they should interact with one another.

Five 'Your Future, your Police' sessions are being held across the Lothian and Border region.

Youngsters from the Scottish Borders have heard from the police and tourettes sufferer John Davidson about engagement and communication between police and young people.

John Davidson speaking to the teenagers Credit: ITV Border

Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen, said:_

_"The best thing about this type of event is that it allows us to engage with our young people in a positive environment, and gives us the opportunity to listen to what they have to say.

_"We will record their views and opinions of policing in the Lothian and Borders area and use them in shaping the future as we move forward to the Police Service of Scotland." _

The campaign slogan Credit: ITV Border

Police engage with teenagers

Lothian and Borders Police are holding a series of engagement events to find out what teenagers want from the police. Around 100 teenagers are taking part in the five regional 'Your Future, Your Police' sessions.

Using workshops and discussion groups, the 15-17 year olds will be given the chance to give their views on how they think the police should interact with teenagers, and what relevance the new Police Service of Scotland will have to them. Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen, said:

"The best thing about this type of event is that it allows us to engage with our young people in a positive environment, and gives us the opportunity to listen to what they have to say.

"We will record their views and opinions of policing in the Lothian and Borders area and use them in shaping the future as we move forward to the Police Service of Scotland."

– Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen

John Davidson, subject of the 1989 QED documentary 'John's Not Mad,' is guest speaker at each event, talking about how having severe Tourettes syndrome led to misunderstandings with the police in his teens, and how this was remedied through open and ongoing communication.

The sessions are on:

  • Mon 24th Sep - Deans Community High, Livingston, West Lothian
  • Tues 25th Sep - Corn Exchange, Haddington, East Lothian
  • Wed 26th Sep - Tweed Horizons, Newton St Boswells, Scottish Borders
  • Mon 1st October - Broughton High School, Edinburgh

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