Leven teenager Gemma Smith (17) has been announced as one of 18 young people who will help to advise Police Scotland on new policies and its engagment with young people.
Working in partnership with Police Scotland, Young Scot and YouthLink, the new Police Scotland Youth Advisory Panel will bring together young people’s diverse opinions and experiences of dealing with the police from across the country.
Gemma said: “I wanted to volunteer because it’s an opportunity to change the role of young people in communities and to let other young people know that the police are here to help them and the wider community too.
“I hope to achieve getting that message out there to younger people. It’s hopefully going to help people of all ages as well as give them the support that they need, and to trust the police.”
Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: “Police Scotland wishes to thank these young people for giving up their time to take part in this ground-breaking initiative. They will help Police Scotland ensure we consider the needs of young people in developing policy and communicating with them to assist us in our work to Keep People Safe.”