The project started in August 2013 when members from the Barrhead Community Policing Team introduced a diversionary project after attending a seminar hosted by the Violence Reduction Unit. One of the speakers said research has shown that people who engage in criminality very often feel disengaged from their local communities.
There are now 50 members of the East Ren Young Team (EYRT) with many now volunteering outwith school time. They have also been involved in a range of initiatives all of which have benefited the local community.
Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: "The Local Policing Year One Awards recognise innovation and excellence in delivering policing across Scotland and share best practice.
"The Awards enable us to celebrate the achievements of Police Scotland officers and staff and their partners in keeping people safe and tackling the policing priorities identified by local communities."