Junior Wardens take to Fraserburgh streets

ON THE BEAT: The team at St Fergus with MOD Police.
ON THE BEAT: The team at St Fergus with MOD Police.

Nineteen primary seven school children have again taken to the beat, on the streets of Fraserburgh, alongside Police and local Community Wardens.

The highly successful Junior Warden initiative, which was launched in Peterhead in 2009 by Constable Kevin Forman, continues in the Broch to give an educational insight into how the emergency services operate.

The scheme was opened on Wednesday October 12 at the Fraserburgh Police Office by local Community Wardens and Beat Officers.

The Wardens are selected form all the feeder primary schools for Fraserburgh Academy from the town and surrounding villages of Rosehearty, Sandhaven, Rathen, Crimond, Tyrie and Inverallochy.

The project aims to educate the eleven year olds as to the consequences of antisocial behaviour and install a sense of pride and citizenship into their everyday lives.

The group’s four day intense programme included, a tour of the Fraserburgh Police Office and Cell Block, visits to St Fergus Gas Terminal, Ministry of Defence Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue and Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station. There were also a number of workshops in Wildlife Crime and Communication Skills.

The most welcome lunchtime refreshments were supplied by the Lifeshapers project after the group patrolled the streets of Fraserburgh.

Local Inspector John Esson said, “There is a lot of work involved in running this project but it is highly rewarding for the participants and the community in general. It is always a pleasure to see the progress made by the Wardens at the conclusion of their week’s course.”

TOTAL, Group 4 Security, the Scotmid Co-operative Group and Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership are all involved in the sponsorship of the scheme. Grampian Police wish to thank them and all those that provided inputs to the course, for their support and look forward to working with our partners again in the future.