What's been happening?
The seventh meeting of the Building Safer Communities Programme Learning Network met on 2nd April. Attendees heard reflections on Police and Fire Reform from speakers Paul Johnston, Grant Manders and Lewis Ramsay before enjoying a series of workshops around community safety.
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The Building Safer Communities (BSC) Programme Board held its 4th meeting. The board members considered a range of local area across Scotland to identify where they could support innovative, community-based approaches to reducing crime and preventing unintentional harm. Partners will be now engage with local communities to test their appetite for forming part of a learning network in which mutual support, advice and good practice can be shared.
Minutes from Board Meeting
The Scottish Police Authority held a ‘Partners in Scrutiny’ event on the 2nd April where more
than 70 participants met to key themes around scrutiny, with representation from 19 Local Authorities, SPA and SFRS Board, Police Scotland, COSLA and Scottish Government. The opportunity to work more closely together was generally welcomed and a follow-up meeting is scheduled for 9th October for fuller discussions.
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On 25 April Young Scot held their National Discussion event in Edinburgh as part of the Scottish Government’s Reassuring the Public programme. At the event four youth-led investigations teams (YIT) from Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee gave presentations which explored the themes of ‘fear of crime’ and ‘community safety’ in their local areas.
On 14 May the No Knives Better Lives (NKBL) campaign received its national launch, meaning every local authority in Scotland is given the opportunity to run Scotland’s award-winning anti-knife crime programme. At the event Mr MacAskill spoke about the success of NKBLs and announced £550,000 funding for the new campaign.
There’s been some staff changes to the Building Safer Communities team with Elisabeth Campbell joining us to replace Tom McMahon as Head of Community Safety. In addition, Douglas Krestoff has joined BSC as a project manager and David Ross has joined the Reducing Violence team as a policy officer.
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