In our communities, we will:

  • Increase opportunities for you to meet your local police officers, to talk to each other about the things that concern you in your community;
  • Communicate with you about the things we are focussing on in your community and why - we will explain why we focus on the things we do and why they are a concern for the wider community;• Promote a positive image of you and the good things that happen in your communities, rather than only highlighting the things that are not going well;
  • Focus on improving communication between us and increasing opportunities for you to work with us at a local level;
  • Offer advice in your community which will be provided by your local police officers to help you get to know each other, this will be supported by advice from our national teams;
  • Provide more national and local information about our work and how you can stay safe. We will do this in ways that best meet your needs, and use the ways you communicate, including social media;
  • Improve the Police Scotland website to include a section for young people which is informative and up-to-date.

Police Scotland will continue to deliver local community policing, engaging positively with children and young people, across all sectors of our communities within Scotland.

Police Scotland will expand the Youth Volunteers Programme to all areas of Scotland. This promotes a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering.

Police Scotland work closely with Youthlink Scotland and support the National Youth Work Strategy.

Police Scotland and its relevant partners will improve communication with children and young people and listen to their views in relation to policing policies that affect them.