Two young women have won recognition for their work in assisting police in the fight against crime. Joko Yung Yeung-ngai, 21, of Wan Chai, was named Best Leader at this year's Junior Police Call (JPC) Awards ceremony. Seventeen-year-old Christine Lam Po-yi from Kwai Tsing was named Best Member. Ms Yung, a second-year sociology student at Shue Yan College, has been a JPC member for nine years, having joined the young crime-fighters when she was in Form Two. One of the highlights of her JPC career occurred during matriculation year when, as JPC leader at her school, she talked the principal into allowing a group of badly behaved students to join the JPC. 'They were given the job as JPC ambassadors to promote the organisation,' Ms Yung said. She believed that if they were taught to be more responsible they could make a positive contribution. The hunch paid off and the delinquent youths were put back on the right track. 'It was a question of having confidence in them, believing they were not useless, that they could achieve something,' Ms Yung said. She did concede that most teenagers were unaware of the seriousness of crime and its consequences. The JPC helped young people understand how law-enforcement worked and also spread the crime-busting and anti-drugs messages. Po-yi, a Form Six student at the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Catholic Secondary School, said the JPC could help dispel the fear of police evident among some youths. This was achieved through broadening their knowledge on civic issues. As an example, she said she had learned through a JPC quiz at school that one could be charged with assault for spitting at someone. In the four years since joining the JPC, she had learned a lot about law enforcement, Po-yi said. The community-minded women each received an $8,000 cash prize, which they must use to buy books or stationery. They also received a plaque in recognition of their efforts. Set up in 1974, the JPC operates in 20 districts. The awards scheme, which was started in 1977, was established to recognise the efforts of young people who had contributed much in the fight against Hong Kong crime. Acting Chief Inspector Sharon Kam Lo, also in charge of JPC, said teenagers had developed anti-crime values and attitudes through the activities of the organisation. She said triad-related activities, soft drugs and shoplifting were the three major juvenile crimes the authorities faced on a day-to-day basis.