Who are the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers?
The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) are groups of up to 24 young people based across Scotland. Supported by adult volunteers and led by a police constable, the PSYV volunteer at community and national events across Scotland.
The PSYV programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models.
PSYV promotes a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering. As part of this, young people are given a chance for their voice to be heard and encouraged to promote good citizenship.
The programme is open to all young people aged 13 – 18, this allows those people to get an insight into policing in Scotland and inspire individuals to participate positively within their communities.
Each PSYV group is coordinated by a police officer who will either have full time PSYV duties, or complete their PSYV duties alongside other duties such as a community constable or school based officer etc.
The coordinator is supported by a team of adult volunteers who come from all walks of life and bring their own skills and flare to each group.
What do the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers do?
The PSYV have expanded from initial pilot groups in 2014 and continue to successfully rise in numbers. The groups have volunteered at numerous local fayres and fetes across the country, they have also attended and assisted Police Scotland at many high profile events including The Wickerman Festival, T-In The Park, The Open Golf, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Scottish Airshow.
The range of duties completed has been extensive and offers Police Scotland a great conduit to positively engage with Scotland’s young people.
In addition, each year when the clocks go back, PSYV takes the opportunity to deliver a national housebreaking campaign which focuses on providing residents information on how to keep their property safe and secure during the darker nights. The PSYV groups involvement in such initiatives results in tens of thousands of leaflets being delivered and distributed across Scotland in a short time frame and ultimately assists in the prevention of crime.
Each year, during the campaign period the PSYV groups will commit hundreds of volunteers to the campaign and as a collective will give up thousands of hours of their own time.
In support of Police Scotland’s priority to reduce crimes of violence 75 Youth Volunteers have been trained in “No Knives Better Lives” Peer Education products and are very active in their communities presenting the key messages to their peers throughout Scotland.
There are plans for PSYV to develop their peer education skills further to offer inputs to community groups on two further subjects including Cyber Crime and Internet safety.
Request PSYV to volunteer at your event
If you are planning an event and would like the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers to provide provide assistance, please click here and complete the Event Request form. Once you have completed your form, it will be sent to your local PSYV Group Coordinator who will contact you as soon as possible. Please note, this form does not guarantee PSYV assistance. This will depend on the suitability of the event, the duties and the availibility of your local group.
Duties to consider that the PSYV have assisted with at previous events include:
- Meeting and greeting visitors
- Handing out leaflets/literature
- Handing out 'I'm lost' wristbands to children allowing a parents phone number to be added
- Assisting at refreshment stalls
- Signposting visitors
- Lost/found property
- General assistance
This list is not exhaustive, please specifiy on the form any anticipated duties for PSYV at your event and the group coordinator will discuss these with you.
For up to date information about where PSYV have been volunteering in your area then go to the Twitter page, their Facebook page or the YouTube Channel.
How to get involved with the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers
If you are interested in becoming a Youth or Adult Volunteer visit our PSYV Recruitment page for more information.