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Justice Programme: Building Safer Communities


Our vision is of a flourishing, optimistic Scotland in which resilient communities, families and individuals live safe from crime, disorder and danger.

Aims and Objectives

The Building Safer Communities (BSC) programme was established in 2009 to accelerate crime reduction in Scotland. The purpose, as agreed by the BSC programme board, is to build the evidence base, provide strategic challenge, reduce violence and increase community safety and resilience.

Related Policies

Chair - Paul Johnston, Director for Safer Communities, Scottish Government

Roze Fitzpatrick, Deputy Chief Constable for Local Policing, Police Scotland

Bob Jack, Community Safety, Police and Fire Portfolio Lead, SOLACE

Karyn McCluskey, Director, Violence Reduction Unit

Martin Johnstone, Secretary, Poverty Truth Commission

Jackie Brock, Chief Executive, Children in Scotland

David Hume, Board Member, Scottish Police Authority

Moi Ali, Board Member, Scottish Police Authority

Lewis Ramsay, Director of Protection and Prevention, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Lesley Fraser, Director of Housing, Regeneration and Welfare, Scottish Government

Susan McVie, Professor of Quantative Criminology, University of Edinburgh

Wendy Wilkinson, Deputy Director for Safer Communities, Scottish Government

Donald Henderson, Deputy Director for Public Health, Scottish Government

Keep In Touch

Twitter: @theBSCprogramme


Cliff Sime, Community Safety Unit, Scottish Government
email: cliff.sime@scotland.gsi.gov.uk