Tag Archives: Scotland

Great expectations vs. reality

This article reviews the experiences of Scotland and Netherlands, both of which centralized their policing systems by creating national police in 2013. Balancing national and local needs while trying to save financial resources has proven difficult. The comparative assessment concludes … Continue reading

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Scottish Institute for Policing Research

SIPR, the Scottish Institute of Policing Research, was established in 2007 as a collaboration among police, government, and 14 universities. Its just-released 2017-2018 annual report is available here. It includes brief summaries of studies sponsored by the institute on a … Continue reading

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The Glasgow model

This article¬†summarizes five elements of the anti-violence approach implemented in Scotland that helped cut murders by over half since 2004-2005. The approach relied more on public health, education, jobs, and mentoring than on targeted law enforcement. London is currently adopting … Continue reading

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Looking at edged-weapon tactics

This article reports a delegation from Elgin, Illinois visiting Scotland and England to examine police tactics for dealing with subjects armed with knives and other edged weapons. “We are exploring less lethal tactics that are not prevalent in the United … Continue reading

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Free course — antiquities trafficking and art crime

The University of Glasgow offers a free on-line course “Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime,” lasting 3 weeks, 4 hours per week. Information and course enrollment available here.

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Scotland still searching for right balance

The search is on for a new chief constable in Scotland, which consolidated all its forces into one 5 years ago but has struggled to find an effective mix of centralized administration and local accountability. This column presents 3 views … Continue reading

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Tackling knife crime in the UK

London had 80 fatal stabbings in 2017 and 4 in less than 24 hours over New Years. The mayor has promised to ramp up stop and search, but this article points to a different approach implemented over the last decade … Continue reading

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