Co-operation between schools and the police was vital in the prevention of youth crimes, Eastern District Commander Hung Hak-wai said at an anti- youth crime seminar at North Point Police Station. 'We spend tremendous ef forts in maintaining close liai son with schoolmasters and outreaching social workers.' Organised by Police Eastern District, the seminar was one of the initiatives taken to prevent youth problems in the district. Some 60 principals, teachers and representatives from par ent-teacher associations were invited to exchange views on and explore solutions for youth problems. 'Police officers inform schoolmasters regularly of the latest juvenile crime statistics to enhance their understanding of the youth crime trend. 'Talks on fighting youth crime, case studies and coun selling services will also be pro vided upon a school's request,' Mr Hung said. Activities for the Eastern Dis trict Optimistic View of Life Campaign were organised with different departments and vol untary groups to help students stay away from crime, he said. A new strategy under consid eration is the setting up a scout troop to provide activities for teenagers. Eastern District has organ ised a scout leader course for police volunteers interested in joining scout activities and pro viding guidance to scouts in the future.