A parade of Oban’s new teenage police force

Young plice cadets, volunteers at their passing out parade. Inspecting the cadets before the award ceremony were Inspector Mark Stephen (hi viz beard) pc claire brown and Chief Inspector Marleen Baillie pic kevin mcglynn

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A team of young police volunteers will be out in force helping people in Argyll and Lochaber.

The team of 15 volunteers, aged 13 to 18, enlisted as uniformed Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) and have successfully completed 12 weeks of training.

At their passing out parade last Thursday, they marched into Oban High School’s hall with their drill instructor to the sound of the bagpipes and stood to attention for an inspection of their new grey or blue uniforms.

PC Claire Brown, PSYV’s co-ordinator in Oban, said: ‘They were fab. They were so excited. They did every task set for them.’

The teenagers will now venture out into the community, firstly by packing shopping bags at Oban’s Tesco supermarket on Saturday April 21 to raise money for the local charity Hope Kitchen.

The volunteers’ next date is a ‘blue light disco’ promoting drug and alcohol awareness on Friday June 22 and they have also been invited to work at the Appin Show and Taynuilt Games.

The fast-growing programme expects to attract its 1,000th volunteer this year, across 40 areas including Campbeltown and Dumbarton.