Sunday January 03, 2016
Meet the cop who brought down the murder rate in inner-city Glasgow
more stories from this episode
- If not meditation, then what? - Michael's essay
- Meet the cop who brought down the murder rate in inner-city Glasgow
- Shoes make the woman - personal essay
- What can we learn from the horror of the Salem Witch Trials?
- Deb Tully teaches refugee children to sing Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"
- Full Episode
In 2002, the World Health Organization declared Glasgow the murder capital of Europe. It had an average of 71 killings every year. Last year, there were only 14. Young men carrying knives had been a particular threat, but instead of seeing them as a public menace, the police are now treating violent crime as a public health issue: a disease that is toxic and contagious.
The success in treating violent crime this way, is due to the work of Karyn McCluskey. She is a former nurse and qualified forensic psychologist, who heads up the Violence Reduction Unit of the Glasgow police department.