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HOPE IN THE CITY

Inspector Cath Lannen has worked as a police officer for 29 years. For the last two years she’s been in charge of the SVRU’s work in Dundee and the surrounding area. It’s been a difficult time for the city with concern around drug-related death rates. Insp Lannen believes a lack of hope could lie at …

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Day of Hope 2021

Damilola Taylor was killed in Peckham in November 2000 at the age of 10. He dreamed of being a doctor. One week before he died, Damilola wrote of his hope to save the world. The Hope Collective, formed to support the 20th anniversary legacy campaign for Damilola Taylor, is a powerful partnership of leading cross …

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SVRU CALL FOR A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH PUSH TO REDUCE VIOLENCE IN SCOTLAND

Scotland must tackle violence in the same way it has taken on Covid-19, a specialist police unit says. The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit is calling for a major public health push across the country to drive down violence in our homes, streets and communities. SVRU director Niven Rennie says, “We’ve seen how effective following the …

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The 4 Rs of Keeping Vulnerable Young People Engaged in Education

Heavy Sound work with young people in East Lothian aiming to keep them engaged with education and training. In this article founder Jordan Butler and operations manager Linda Bendle share how they connect with students and help support them to reach their potential. At Heavy Sound we work with young people who are either at …

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Niven Rennie

Director

Telephone: 01786 896785          Email: violence.reduction@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.