SIPR Practitioner Fellow
Tony is a Chief Inspector within the relatively new Violence Reduction Division in Police Scotland. He began his career in Paisley and after receiving the Chief Constable’s Highest Commendation for Bravery for arresting a man in the commission of an armed robbery, he moved into CID duties. He currently has responsibility for developing enforcement and preventative policies in support of police deployments across Scotland. This includes responsibility for the Alcohol and Violence Reduction Task Force as well as the Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Unit. With the support of innovative analytical products officers are deployed into locations which have most need. He also leads the Campaign Against Violence initiative which converts ‘back-office’ resources into intelligence-led street deployments. In addition, Tony led on a test site for the introduction of an Assets Based Approach as a means of reducing violent crime and anti-social behaviour. This was first piloted in North West Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and as a result of a successful initiative, has been replicated in various communities across Scotland. This approach recognises latent talents and skills of individuals which normally lie dormant within communities and through a simple process of transformation are put to tangible use for the benefit of the wider community. This enhances community engagement between police and residents as well as increasing stakeholder ownership among service users leading to increasing levels of confidence and resilience. After an extensive period of being involved in the investigation of serious and organised crime, Tony went onto lead on a national review of Detective Training. He developed a ground-breaking course which incorporated a simulated murder exercise utilising the latest technology to maximise procedural and legislative learning for all delegates. This course has since been formally accredited and forms part of the Forensic Science degree curriculum at the University of Edinburgh. In conclusion, Tony is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde where he gained a law degree (LLb). He is currently completing Post-graduate studies in the Professional Diploma in Legal Practice.
Licensing and Violence Reduction Division
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