STV News, 14 April 2008
Figures out today show Glasgow is more violent than New York. The report, by the independent think tank, Refrom Scotland, also revealed there are fewer than 150 police officers on the beat at any one time. The report\’s authors say the American model could be successfully applied in Scotland.
Glasgow has long had the gritty no mean city image, where the blade and the square go are commonplace. Now it seems the dear green place is more violent than the big apple, according to a new report.
Last year the Reform Scotland think tank said there were 731 violent incidents per 100,000 people, compared to 631 in New York. The report says a new transparent and accountable police system had been introduced in New York, alongside a zero tolerance approach to crime. The authors say that led to a 67% fall in crime in the decade from 1993.
They add that the broad principles behind the American reforms offer a number of lessons for Scotland.
The Tories say figures showing there are only 148 police officers on the beat at any one time in Scotland, shows the thin blue line has been stretched to breaking point. Read the STV article here.