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."
The 'Working in Partnership' Award went to the Checkin' Scheme to tackle crime in hotels which started in Edinburgh. Judges said: 'Checkin' helped by creating a "noticeable reduction in crime, having a positive impact on business community/hotels, and resulted in huge financial savings in preventing crime".
The Public Safety Award was won by PC Ewan Smith from Renfrewshire for his development of the Keep Safe initiative, the first of its kind in Scotland and aims to encourage disabled, elderly and vulnerable people to enjoy an ordinary day to day life and activities without fear of abuse, intimidation and harassment. It also aims to raise awareness of, and increase reports of, disability hate crime.
The Change and Innovation Award was won by an initiative for police officers in the Aberdeen area to wear video cameras. A similar pilot programme has been undertaken in Renfrewshire Division and while the project has not yet been rolled out to the same extent as it was in Aberdeen Division, the lessons learned from the Aberdeen initiative will undoubtedly provide impetus to allow this in the near future.
Chief Constable, Sir Stephen House, said: "All the initiatives highlighted today demonstrate the work our officers and staff do every day with a wide range of partners to help keep people safe.
"Policing in partnership is key to our joint success in improving the quality of life for our communities and the environment in which we live and by highlighting some of the good work across the country we can make that good practice available to all."
"The winning project embrace these principles and, by sharing and implementing more of this innovative thinking, we can ensure other communities across Scotland stay safer for longer."