Glasgow smiles: how the city halved its murders by ‘caring people into change’ | Cities | The Guardian

The precipitous decline began when police acknowledged that the only way to stem the tide of violence was to tackle the culture that spawned it, says John Carnochan, a former Glasgow murder detective involved in setting up the VRU. While young men grew up in unstable, violent homes, joined gangs, carried knives, drank and fought, death and mayhem was almost inevitable.

via Glasgow smiles: how the city halved its murders by ‘caring people into change’ | Cities | The Guardian.

One thought on “Glasgow smiles: how the city halved its murders by ‘caring people into change’ | Cities | The Guardian

  1. I noticed from the article that the program has been discontinued due to the government funding expiring. Does that mean things have changed to the point it is no longer needed as an impetus, or that the political will has been exhausted?

    It would be interesting to see what the situation would be like in 5 years.

    Could such an initiative work here? Certainly our culture is different, yet gang culture is remarkably similar throughout the world. Fill a gap, protect turf, scope out competition, etc.

    Yet as soon as we can turn their attention to caring for and about others (a child, a relative, a neighbour) the dynamic changes and the improbable becomes possible.

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