Police quiz teens in West Lothian

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WHAT do teenagers want from the police?

That’s the question Lothian and Borders polide are asking in a week-long series of local events.

Around 100 teenagers from a variety of backgrounds are taking part in the five regional ‘Your Future, Your Police’ sessions. Using workshops and discussion groups, the 15-17 year-olds will give their views on how they think the police should interact with teenagers, and how relevant the new Police Service of Scotland will be.

John Davidson, subject of the 1989 QED documentary ‘John’s Not Mad,’ is guest speaker at each event, talking about how having severe Tourettes syndrome led to misunderstandings with the police in his teens, and how this was remedied through open and ongoing communication.

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

“We will record their views and opinions of policing in the Lothian and Borders area and use them in shaping the future as we move forward to the Police Service of Scotland.”

Sessions will take place:

*Mon, Sept 24 - Deans Community High, Livingston, West Lothian

*Tues, Sept 25 - Corn Exchange, Haddington, East Lothian

*Wed, Sept 26 - Tweed Horizons, Newton St Boswells, Scottish Borders

*Mon, Oct 1 - Broughton High School, Edinburgh