Justice and Safety
The week in review
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
Justice Secretary @HumzaYousaf opened the new @streetandarrow cafe at Glasgow’s dental hospital today – hearing how ex-offenders are helped to to turn their lives around through employment. And getting a quick lesson in latte art! #backingsecondchances @vruscotland pic.twitter.com/QsfFUPqtHH
— ScotGov Justice (@ScotGovJustice) September 20, 2018
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.”
I congratulate Mayor @SadiqKhan on this initiative. I know our own @vruscotland has been sharing info with the Mayor's team who look at the positive work done in Glasgow. Great to see the Scottish VRU model of tackling violence as public health issue being replicated in London. https://t.co/Sl6OilUX8E
— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) September 19, 2018
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.
"Great to meet with Iain, Callum and Leeann from Street & Arrow to hear more about how Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit has made such a difference to their lives", Ash Denham, Community Safety Minister#backingsecondchances #violenceprevention#desistance #hope@ashtenRD pic.twitter.com/Eu1PL8g7jx
— ScotGov Justice (@ScotGovJustice) September 19, 2018
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
— Police Scotland (@policescotland) September 17, 2018
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: