Best way to save young men from life of crime may surprise you – (Ross Deuchar is a professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice within the University of the West of Scotland)
Marginalised young men have moved from gangs engaged in recreational, territorial street violence into dealing drugs and organised crime, and tackling the root causes of this problem requires more than just law enforcement, writes academic Ross Deuchar, whose research involves speaking to gang members in Scotland and other parts of the world. The latest police-recorded crime statistics suggest the number of homicides in Scotland has significantly decreased from the figure recorded in 10 years ago, and reached its lowest level in more than 40 years. Statistics also suggest has knife crime has dropped dramatically, and in the west of Scotland there has been a significant decline in the type of territorial gang violence that was once commonplace there.
Pioneering support centre to open
A pioneering centre for children, young people and adults who have been victims of sexual assault and other forms of abuse and neglect is to be opened this year. The £2.9 million “bespoke facility” in Edinburgh will be the first of its kind in Scotland. The Equally Safe Multi-Agency Centre is being spearheaded by Police Scotland, NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council and is backed by £2.4 million of Scottish government funding. Police Scotland, one of the three members of the regional Chief Officers’ Group for Public Protection, said the facility would provide a centre of excellence in Scotland.