Back in February 2016, the Independent had this headline:
‘Scottish police advise US officers on alternatives to shooting unarmed people.’
US cops killing civilians at a disgraceful level had been all over the UK media for more than a year. Sky News had a feature on it repeated throughout the day (1st Feb). A team of New York police officers came to Glasgow to watch our police handle dangerous individuals without shooting them dead at the first move. The training had finished with a conference on Friday 29th January. Virtually every major UK and Scottish newspaper reported. It was all over international media and alternative media. BBC Scotland did not cover it. A link to the Sky report is below. Now schemes developed in Glasgow which are credited with, in part, the halving of serious violence in just three years are to be used in Canada. 10% of policing budgets in Canadian cities is to be diverted to prevention and spent on schemes developed in Glasgow and then used throughout Scotland, by the Violence Reduction Unit.
The schemes include working with gangs, reducing knife carrying and trying to find ways of diverting youth from violent behaviour while they are young enough to be more open to influence.
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