Jo praises plan to reduce violent crime

Jo has been briefed on Strathclyde Police’s Violence Reduction Strategy

 Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan of Strathclyde Police has briefed Jo Swinson MP on a major new policy to cut down violent crime in Greater Glasgow.

At the meeting on Friday, Jo was shown a presentation on the force’s Violence Reduction Strategy, which included details of how the police are changing attitudes to violence among young people.

Commenting on the presentation, Jo said:

“Strathclyde Police should be given credit for recognising that reducing levels of violent crime must be a top priority. Glasgow still suffers from relatively high levels of violent crime, particularly involving knives, but the Violence Reduction Strategy will be an effective tool in reducing the occurrence of such crimes in East Dunbartonshire and the Greater Glasgow area.

“A key element of the Strategy is law enforcement against those already involved in violent crime. In Scotland, Police strength hit record levels under Jim Wallace and I would like to see the Scottish Executive continuing to increase the number of police officers living and working in our communities.

“The Strategy also looks at how a long-term change in attitude towards violence can be achieved, by working with partner agencies such as Glasgow City’s education and social work departments. Clearly it is necessary to look at the root causes of violent behaviour in order to achieve a reduction in violent crime in the long-run.”

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