The Sun, 14 April 2008
Scotland was yesterday urged to learn lessons from New York in the fight against crime. The Reform Scotland report praised how the US city had dealt with the problem with more accountable policing.
The think tank highlighted figures showing only 148 police officers were on the beat at a time in Scotland. It also said there is now more violent crime per head of population in Glasgow. For every 100,000 people there were 731 incidents in Glasgow, compared to 631 in New York.
The report says crime in New York fell by around 67 per cent between 1993 and 2004.
Ben Thomson, of Reform Scotland, said: “We need to learn these lessons.”