6 November 2009

Stevenson Attends Fraserburgh Launch of Junior Commmunity Warden Scheme

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has praised the Junior Community Warden initiative run by Grampian Police.

A success in Peterhead for two years now, the scheme has been extended to Fraserburgh and was officially launched at the town's police station today. The initiative involves four primary 7 school pupils each from Lochpots School, South Park School, North School and St Andrews Schools in the town.

It is designed to help contribute towards the long-term aim of reducing or eliminating children's future involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour and will involve excursions, basic first-aid training and practical exercises.

Speaking in Fraserburgh, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

"I'm delighted to be invited to attend the launch today and to hear more about the scheme.

"I've certainly heard some extremely glowing reports about its success in Peterhead and I am sure that the children from the Broch who are taking part will make it equally successful here.

"I think it's a wonderful initiative and helps to bring the police closer to local schoolchildren – who I am sure will also have great fun taking part while delivering a serious message."

PC Kevin Forman said:

"The children are encouraged to consider the consequences of their actions and the scheme is designed to contribute towards our long-term aim of reducing the potential for future involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour.

"This was a ground-breaking initiative for Grampian Police when it was piloted in Peterhead and I am excited by the prospect of carrying on this success in Fraserburgh."

Chief Inspector Gerry Cronin said:

"I am pleased to see the continuation of this partnership initiative into Fraserburgh. This has been developed to engage with children and young people and to promote good citizenship, with support of Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership and Grampian Fire and Rescue Service."

"The young people are very enthusiastic about this so I am confident this enthusiasm will carry over and make this scheme a great success."

"The scheme also helps them meet new friends, develop their social skills and have fun at the same time."

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