Violence Reduction Unit advocates approach behind Glasgow’s reduced murder rate

Police chiefs and politicians in London need the political bravery to ditch short-term solutions, ignore bickering interest groups and prioritise local knowledge to effect a lasting solution to the city’s escalating murder rate, according to the founders of Scotland’s pioneering Violence Reduction Unit.

John Carnochan and Karyn McCluskey set up the internationally renowned VRU in 2005 to tackle Glasgow’s deeply rooted knife culture. In February, the Guardian reported that the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, had made a private visit to Glasgow to learn more about the unit’s work.

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