Roger Grimshaw examines the government consultation on a public health duty to address serious violence
Roger Grimshaw comments on the latest briefing from the College of Policing
It's been a busy week for our Director, Richard Garside, who has given his comments on a range of criminal justice issues.
In Tuesday's Guardian, Richard drew light on the geographical clustering of knife violence in an article by Jamie Grierson. Richard said:
The Centre's director, Richard Garside, commented on knife crime trends and measures to tackle violence in yesterday's Guardian.
Richard said it was inaccurate to describe the spate of knife crime as a national emergency, adding:
It’s a very small number of the general population that’s either being victimised by this or in fear of their lives. It’s why these incidents seem quite shocking and why the policy world seems to fail to address it in a systematic level because for the vast majority of people, this doesn’t affect them
Knife crime should be treated as a public health challenge, not a policing problem, our Director, Richard Garside, tells The Guardian newspaper today.
There is renewed concern that knife violence is on the rise following the publication of the latest crime data showing a 22 percent increase in knife crime and an 11 percent rise in gun crime.
Our Director Richard Garside today welcomed remarks by the Chair of the all-party group on knife crime that tackling knife violence was a health and education challenge, not a police issue.
The remarks by Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, came in an interview with The Guardian. She also called for a 10-year, cross-governmental strategy to tackle the problem.
London's Metropolitan Police are playing 'nudge and wink politics' over police budgets, our Director, Richard Garside told this morning's BBC Radio Four Today programme.
His comments came in response to last week's claim by the Met's Assistant Commissioner, Martin Hewitt, that it 'would be... naive... to say that if you cut a significant amount out of an organisation, you don’t have any consequences'.
Last week we collaborated with The Sunday Times on an investigation into the rise in hospital admissions for stab wounds (£).
In the twelve months to April 2016, 4,054 people were admitted to hospitals in England as a result of injuries with sharp objects. In the previous year the figure was 3,590.