The World Economic Forum has issued a rather informative video on violent crime in Scotland – and in particular Glasgow – showing how improvement happened by treating the problem as one of poverty and ill-health.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) July 30, 2018
The government of the remainder of the UK remains in blissful ignorance and in England & Wales violent crime is rising, according to police figures which show a 22% increase in knife crime and 11% rise in gun crime. There was also a 15% increase in homicides, a 9%rise in burglary and a 17% rise in car crime.
Of course, Police Officer numbers have fallen by almost 20,000 since 2010 whilst the England & Wales population has been increasing by more than 0.5% every year during the same period.
As Police numbers have declined so reduced public spending has substantially increased their workload – and increased deaths in custody is one result.
And then, to add to the difficulties, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners has warned that Brexit could lead to “a significant loss of operational capacity” because a No Deal Brexit would prevent access to EU criminal databases requiring “extra time and money on “suboptimal” techniques to fight home-grown and foreign criminals unless a Brexit deal is struck.”
Then of course, fearful of social disorder, Dexeu looks likely to ask Police to cancel leave for two months in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
Of course the previous Conservative response to public disorder in 2011 was basically to let riots burn themselves out – literally.
With about 20,000 less Police that could be the only option in 2019, but if food is short we must imagine that the burn out could be more lengthy than even the curent Consevatives would consider ideal.
The so-called ‘party of responsible government’ can no longer claim to be anything of the sort.
**15 Aug 18 following comments (below) have established from a Guardian article that the VRU (violence reduction unit) is originated and run by the Police in Scotland with support from the Scottish government.