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Karyn McCluskey has led a controversial project in Glasgow to tackle gang violence. It seems to be working, but is there the political will to roll it out across the whole country?

By Gavin Knight   November 2009

ABOVE: policewoman Karyn McCluskey imported a US strategy to reduce gang violence in Strathclyde When Karyn McCluskey took a job as an intelligence analyst with the Strathclyde police in 2002, she felt overwhelmed. She came from West Mercia Constabulary, a place of beautiful, sparsely populated countryside, some property crime and about two murders a year. Strathclyde had 71, most of them within Glasgow, making it the most violent city in Europe. When in 2005 the number fell to 55, her colleagues heralded it as a 13-year low. McCluskey was appalled. “We were very good at detecting murder.” The detection…

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