The actions of young volunteers who go the extra mile to help keep their communities safe have been praised at an awards ceremony.

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) from Clydebank and Dumbarton were in the spotlight at an event held at Clydebank High School.

The occasion, attended by an audience of around 60, saw youngsters passing out from the PSYV initial training programme which is designed to provide all young volunteers with the basic knowledge required to volunteer in their communities.

In addition, others received Saltire Awards, the Scottish Government’s way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers.

There also were awards for leadership, commitment and volunteers of the year.

The awards were presented by Chief Supt. Hazel Hendren, divisional commander for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, Chief Inspector Kenny Quigley, Provost William Hendrie and Councillor Lawrence O'Neill

New recruits who completed the programme and passed out were:

Clydebank - Youmna Barghouth, Abby Chalmers, Vari Gangel and Chloe McLaughlin.

Dumbarton - Aiden McHugh, Holly Sutherland, Michelle Stevenson, Adam Ponton and Kenzie McHard.

Both Clydebank and Dumbarton each had 17 recipients of the Saltire Award which is given for 10, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 500 hours of volunteering.

The award for the most hours went to Jennifer MacKay, Dumbarton, who clocked up an amazing 505 hours.

The PSYV Commitment Award for Clydebank went to senior youth volunteer Emma McAleer and Dumbarton's went to youth volunteer Kyle Robertson.

Leadership awards were given to Bethany Gray, head youth volunteer in Clydebank and Tiegan Breen, youth volunteer, Dumbarton.

Adult volunteer of the year was Allan Mitchell, youth volunteer of the year in Clydebank was Connor Carruth and in Dumbarton that honour went to Bobbie Ross.

Constable Craig Brown, PSYV group co-ordinator, said: "Twelve of the original Dumbarton youths are moving on this year as they turn 18.

"They have been with the group since September 2015.

"We will be recruiting for both groups in August, and should youth or adult volunteers be interested, please see the PSYV section on the Police Scotland website.

"Any local event planner looking for volunteers for upcoming events, should also check out the website."