Dunfermline’s police youth volunteers are not only the best in Scotland, they’re the best in Britain – it’s official!
Last weekend Dunfermline Police Youth Volunteers competed against 21 other teams from police areas in England and Wales at the British National Cadet Competition, Cadets United, and scooped first prize.
The PSYV team, along with mascot Ginge, completed seven different events in the contest at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, which challenged the group’s physical, mental and teamwork skills. Points were awarded for more than just winning each event and the Fife team came out on top. PSYV member Kyle Gray was also awarded an individual award for Leadership.
Their success at the British competition follows being crowned Scottish winners at the PSYV annual competition held at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan in August 2016.
At the end of a hectic day’s competition Adult Volunteer Ashley Taylor said: "The team have been fantastic, they have excelled in everything they have been asked to do, not only in the events but how they have conducted themselves throughout the weekend.”
Chief Superintendent Colin Gall, Divisional Commander in Fife said: "This is an outstanding achievement by the volunteers in the Dunfermline PSYV group. I have been at some of their sessions and was delighted to see the energy and enthusiasm of the group. This award is a true reflection on their team spirit and the hard work put in by the adult and youth volunteers."
Inspector Jane Combe, who leads PSYV in Fife said: "The winning of this national award by the Dunfermline PSYV team is a tremendous achievement for both the youth and adult volunteers. They are a credit, not only to Fife, but to Scotland. I am immensely proud to be associated with the Police Scotland Youth Volunteer programme."
Sergeant Neil Cheyne, East Area Regional Coordinator added: "Even those members of the group who did not compete should be so proud of this win as the tremendous team spirit within the group had a massive part to play in this success. We look forward to hosting the British Championship at the Scottish Police College in 2018."
Group Coordinator PC Alan Stewart concluded: "It was amazing to be with the team at Cadets United 2017. The commitment and enthusiasm shown this weekend is demonstrated week in week out by all 24 youth and 12 adult volunteer members of the group.
"They have an amazing team ethic and to add this award to the Scottish Championship and National Team of the Year award marks the end of a truly unbelievable 12 months for our group. I am honoured to be the coordinator of such an amazing group of people who make up Dunfermline Police Scotland Youth Volunteers."