Police officers teamed up with the Blue Triangle organisation in Viewpark for have a friendly seven-a-side football match in Bellshill aimed at helping to build bridges.
The match was organised by local Community Police Officer Craig Wilson and was in response to the young people in the Blue Triangle looking to engage with the local Police.
The officers were off duty and came in on their rest day to play the game at the Sir Matt Busby Centre in Bellshill. The initiative was in partnership with NL Leisure who provided the pitch for the match as part of their Get Active Lanarkshire campaign.
Area inspector Stewart Hurry said: “This is a great way for the police to get involved in our local Community and shows the young people that we are more than happy to show the other side of the police and not just appear to be on their backs all the time.
“It is a great example of one of our community officers taking ownership over bridging the gap between youths and the police and this initiative shows the commitment of local officers who were prepared to take time outwith their busy work lives to engage properly with the local people.
“This is a brilliant local initiative and one we will be happy to do again should any group in the area want a friendly football match.”