A three-month national campaign to crackdown on Summer violence
A three-month national campaign to crackdown on Summer violence was launched by Police Scotland on Wednesday 28 June 2017.
The umbrella Scotland-wide campaign will tackle alcohol-related violence, offensive
weapons and disorder & anti-social behaviour and will be delivered by local police
divisions, which will target hot spots specific to their local violence profile.
Police Scotland aims to reduce public space violence, disorder and antisocial
behaviour through effective deployment of resources, prevention techniques, enforcement
operations and education and awareness activity.
This means that divisions will use enhanced intelligence-led policing and predictive
analysis tools to identify root causes of disorder at a local level and direct resources
to specifically tackle the people involved in those crimes in the right time and place.
The Safe Summer campaign was launched by Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams,
who has the national violence portfolio, at the police station in Wester Hailes in Edinburgh.
"Tackling violent crime and disorder is a priority for us and Operation Myriad
(Edinburgh) is a great example of the local work being undertaking to tackle this issue.
"Whilst overall violent crime continues to drop across the country, we have seen
increases in some specific crime types such as murder, serious assault and robbery.
" Violent crime has a substantial economic and social cost to Scotlandís communities
and it is really clear that the over consumption of alcohol is a major factor. Local
crime analysis indicates that alcohol is a factor in over half of all violent incidents
we deal with and whilst understanding the root causes of violence is complex this clear
link is very concerning.
"Over the summer ahead local officers will be working closely with the licensed
trade to implement measures that can reduce violence such as 'Best Bar None' staff
training, or education and diversionary work with young people on the triggers and
consequences of violence.
"This work will complement the range of operations carried out by divisions
to target violence that is specific to them at a local level."