Justice and Safety

The week in review

September 21, 2018 by No Comments

This week’s round-up includes the Justice Secretary learning latte art at the new Street & Arrow café, London’s bid to take the lessons learned in Scotland to set up its own violence reduction unit, and a response to Brexit’s impact on law and order.

Recipe to reduce violence

A new café serving up second chances for former offenders has opened in Glasgow’s Dental Hospital. Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf opened the new Street & Arrow project, in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, giving former offenders a route back to employment and stable lives. Mr Yousaf visited the café ahead of a Parliamentary debate on violence reduction. You can read more here

Glasgow becomes role model for London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan this week announced London would be taking inspiration from Scotland by setting up a violence reduction unit to tackle violence in the city.

Welcoming the news, Mr Yousaf said:

“It’s very positive news that London is to have its own Violence Reduction Unit, based on the Scottish model and the public health approach that has helped us to make significant reductions in violent crime.

“Of course, the job is not done in Scotland and we can still learn lessons from other areas, so we will follow the progress in London with interest. I wish all those involved the very best of luck with this new initiative.”

Backing second chances

Community Safety Minister Ash Denham met with staff from Street & Arrow to hear more about how Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit has made a difference to their lives.

Police Chief’s Brexit update

Humza Yousaf responded to an announcement by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) of plans to establish a safety net if access to EU security tools is lost. The Cabinet Secretary outlined why the UK Government must seek to protect acess to the current EU data sharing and corporation tools as part of any deal. The Cabinet Secretary spoke at Police Scotland’s Foreign Law Enforcement conference on Monday.

You can read more here

MSPs debate Scotland’s progress

The Minister for Community Safety opened a debate in the Parliament where MSPs discussed Scotland’s progress in reducing violence and the key issues for continuing work in this area. You can watch a video of the proceedings below:


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