POLICE officers are pulling on their trainers in a bit to forge closer links with youths.
A total of 23 local cops are involved in a football coaching course, courtesy of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust.
The goal is to build positive relations between police officers on the street and young people in local communities.
It’s a partnership between the trust, Scottish Football Association (SFA), Strathclyde Police and also Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.
Councillor Amanda Stewart, chair of the trust said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to put this training in place and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive benefits this programme will bring to the lives of young people in East Dunbartonshire when we launch later this year.”
Officers and firefighters – who have also undertaken training – will help provide football coaching in East Dunbartonshire’s primary and secondary schools.
It is hoped that working in schools on a more informal basis will help to create a stronger image of the emergency services with the pupils, which in turn will help them gain more respect for the role they play in local communities.
The project – launching early next month – will be delivered by a range of public sector partners in conjunction with the SFA.
It is being funded through East Dunbartonshire Council’s Community Safety Partnership.