First Chief Constable of Scotland to open VRU conference

The newly appointed first Chief Constable of the new Police Service of Scotland is to speak at the Violence Reduction Unit’s gangs’ conference next week.

Stephen House, formerly Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, will open the Scotland & Violence Prevention conference, which will be held at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan from Friday 12 –  Monday 15 October. 

Mr House, who joined Strathclyde from the Metropolitan Police in 2007, is well known for his tough stance on violence and in particular gangs, being instrumental in setting up the Gangs Task Force which worked closely with CIRV (the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence). CIRV was run as a pilot initiative by the VRU for two years before being handed to Strathclyde Police in 2011 to become part of their day to day business. 

Mr House said:

“I’m pleased to be opening the VRU’s Scotland & Violence Prevention conference. Violence is a big issue for Scotland – gang violence, alcohol related violence and domestic violence affect us all, now matter who we are, no matter where we live. Reducing and preventing it will be a key part of the work of the new Police Service of Scotland as we move forward, with the help of the VRU and other partners. I want Scotland to be a place for everyone to live without the fear of violence.”

VRU co-director Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan said:

“We are delighted that Mr House has agreed to open the Scotland & Violence Prevention conference for us. Throughout his career at Strathclyde, Mr House has been relentless in tackling violence and I have no doubt this will continue in his new role as Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland. 

“His presence at the conference is a clear demonstration of Scotland’s commitment to reducing violence in the long term.”

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