Policing in spotlight

Youngsters in Aberdeenshire have met Scotland’s top police officer to discuss the future of the service in Scotland.

Teenagers from Banff Academy, the Aboyne Youth Forum and Auchenblae Youth Group took part in the Young Scot’s National Discussion Day in Stirling earlier this month.

The Aberdeenshire Youth Investigation Team is made up of 15 youngsters across the region. Ahead of the event, they undertook an investigation into the issues relating to policing that young people feel are important.

Their findings included a belief that there is a lack of communication between police and young people and that police view young people negatively.

The youngsters presented their findings to senior government officials, including Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill, and the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Stephen House.

The Aberdeenshire group’s recommendations were for more police involvement in community groups and better lines of communication with young people, and these were discussed with the panel.