Leader, April 19 2019

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It was a proud moment for friends and family as four new recruits joined the ranks of Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) this week.

The youngsters join a team of 13- to 18-year-olds in an initiative designed to strengthen ties between police and young people, teaching recruits about the duties of officers and encouraging good citizenship.

Addressing the audience at the youngsters’ passing out parade, PC Karen Cairns, the group’s coordinator, spoke about their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm.

The Campbeltown branch was the first in Argyll and Bute and the young volunteers signing up, despite schooling and other distractions, is a tribute to their diligence.

People often say there is not enough for youngsters to do in small, rural communities like Kintyre, but here it is the opposite.

There are so many activities on offer, from sports clubs to music groups, that young people often have to sacrifice some for the others.

Our young people have so many opportunities.