Police officers meet teenagers for talks

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Lothian and Borders Police are holding a week-long series of engagement events to find out what teenagers want from the police.

Around 100 teenagers from a wide range of backgrounds are taking part in the five regional ‘Your Future, Your Police’ ­sessions.

Using workshops and discussion groups, the 15 to 17-year-olds will be given the chance to give their views on how they think the police should interact with teenagers, and what relevance the new Police Service of Scotland will have to them.

John Davidson, subject of the 1989 QED documentary ‘John’s Not Mad,’ is guest speaker at each event, talking about how having severe Tourette’s syndrome led to misunderstandings with the police in his teens.

Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen, said: “The best thing about this type of event is that it allows us to engage with our young people in a positive environment, and gives us the opportunity to listen to what they have to say.”

The first session took place at Deans Community yesterday and will be followed by sessions at the Corn Exchange today, Tweed Horizons at St Boswells, in the Borders, tomorrow and Broughton High School in the city next Monday.