YOUNGSTERS at Fallside Secondary in Viewpark have completed an eight-week project with the local police.
The school caters for youths aged 11 to 16 with social, emotional and behavioural needs, and the Respect Programme was aimed at encouraging third and fourth year students to work with the police to help build safer communities.
It covered a wide range of issues such as knives, anti-social behaviour and crime in general.
Participants were also taken to see the Strathclyde Police helicopter and learnt how it operates and visited the force’s training centre to find out what it takes to become a police officer.
PC Alan Mulholland, community safety officer at Bellshill, led the course.
He said: “I was asked by community learning and development to become involved in a course at the school to help develop the understanding and knowledge the young people had about the police service and what we do for our communities.
“I was more than happy to facilitate a course which included visiting various departments in the police such as the dog branch, traffic department, the helicopter and our force training centre.
“All of the young people were fully on board with the project and created folders for a Dynamic Youth award, which allowed them to receive a qualification at the end.
“I am very proud of the young people who completed the programme, which was piloted in Fallside and my hope is that we will deliver this course to other schools as the feedback was very favourable.”
Marie Love, teacher at Fallside, added: “Working closely with PC Mulholland, the pupils worked in partnership with Strathclyde Police and community learning and development to take part in the Respect Programme.
“The boys recorded their experience and this was successfully used towards a Dynamic Youth Award ‘Building Better Communities’.
“The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Fallside’s acting headteacher Iain Matheson hopes more pupils will have the opportunity to take part in the programme next year.”