Members’ Business: Emergency Service Workers – 07/11/2018

I closed a Members’ Business debate on Emergency Service workers on behalf of the Scottish Government. The text of the motion is below:
Emergency Service Workers 
That the Parliament commends the bravery and dedication of emergency service workers in the north east and across the country; recognises what it sees as their extraordinary efforts to keep everyone safe, working long hours in often difficult circumstances; acknowledges that this can include heading towards danger when others are running away; understands that, in 2016-17, over 3,000 offences were committed against these workers, with attacks often carried out by the very people that they were trying to help; condemns such assaults; regards an attack on any emergency worker as an attack on society itself, and thanks all emergency workers with the police, fire, ambulance, search and rescue, prison and other services for all the work that they do.


Violence Reduction in Scotland debate

It was a pleasure to open my first debate as Minister for Community Safety and to be able to highlight the significant progress that has been made in reducing violence in Scotland and talk about our future priorities in the area. The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit takes a health approach to justice. Due to its success in Scotland, the Mayor of London recently announced that it will now be implemented in London.