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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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LOCAL PEOPLE ENCOURAGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF WALLACETOWN

The people of Wallacetown in Ayr are being asked to help shape the future of the area. Across the region everyone from teachers and fire officers to youth workers and police officers are hitting the streets to gather views from residents and those with connections to the area. The ‘Street Weeks’ sessions will run throughout …

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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can have a devastating impact on the development of children. It’s estimated up to 172,000 people are affected in Scotland but less than 1% have had a formal diagnosis. To help tackle this the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland are campaigning for Healthier Pregnancies, Better Lives. As part of that campaign Joan …

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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.