Residents in Dumbarton and the Vale are being urged to get involved with a programme which works to strengthen the relationship between cops and youngsters.

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) are on the hunt for adult helpers to support the local PSYV group and assist with their supervision.

The PSYV aims to promote practical understanding of policing amongst young people, encourage a spirit of adventure and good citizenship and give youths a chance to be heard.

Each PSYV group consists of 24 young people who give up their own time to help out in their area. The organisation is, however, reliant on the goodwill of older volunteers to support the youngsters.

To become an adult volunteer you must be able to dedicate a minimum of three hours per month for volunteering events.

Each adult volunteer will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG). This process will be managed by PSYV once you are accepted into the programme.

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