Young East Ayrshire primary pupils are set to benefit from a new Police Scotland project.

'My Police' has been launched along with 'My Police My Community', and are based around two children’s books, which have been issued to all East Ayrshire Early Childhood Centres and all P1 to P3 primary pupils. 

‘My Police’ focuses on creating a positive relationship between the police and children and explains how the police help to keep children safe.

‘My Police My Community’ introduces different people in local communities and touches on partner agencies including the Scottish Fire and Rescue and the NHS.

Cumnock Chronicle: Young East Ayrshire primary pupils are set o benefit from a new Police Scotland project.Young East Ayrshire primary pupils are set o benefit from a new Police Scotland project. (Image: East Ayrshire Council)

The resources are being used by campus officers to improve engagement.

Councillor Graham Barton, chair of the police and fire and rescue committee, said:  “Ayrshire Division of Police Scotland has invested in a variety of physical resources for our very youngest learners.

"The two books in particular, give our campus officers the perfect opportunity to visit educational settings, interact with the children and gift each child a copy of one of the books to take home.

“It is essential that children understand the important role that Police Scotland play at school and within the wider community.

"The police, and particularly our campus officers, are trusted adults for so many of our children and young people; providing support and advice during difficult or worrying times. Their work is valued by the council and I welcome these brilliant new resources.”

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Superintendent Derek Frew, from Police Scotland, added: “Our campus officers are a resource that is valued across Ayrshire. They are key to providing positive engagement with children and young people.

“The provision of the My Police and My Police My Community resources create an excellent opportunity for informative engagement and conversations with children in a fun and approachable way.”

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In addition, the books also come in a digital format including ‘My Police My Community’ being available in a British Sign Language (BSL) accessible version.

You can view the digital versions of the books on YouTube - My Police and My Police, My Community.