The SVRU are always looking for new ways of improving the safety and well-being of people who live, work and study in Scotland. as part of our work we look to develop projects with partners around the country which test new evidence – based initiatives. Here are some of our latest projects and partnerships…

You Decide Team

The You Decide Team are there for people when they decide they deserve a better life. Whether it’s those caught up in a violent lifestyle, people dealing with addiction, social isolation or someone looking to access training and employment the You Decide Team can help them take control.

One Community Scotland

People really do make Glasgow and we are a city that prides ourselves on our warm welcome. At One Community Scotland we offer help and support to families and young people who are settling in to the city.


At the SVRU we’re all about teamwork. From youth projects and schools to the NHS, prison service, government at every level and most importantly communities. We look for opportunities to support and learn from others.

Niven Rennie


Telephone: 01786 896785          Email:

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.