Date lodged: 12 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of people carrying weapons.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 21 June 2018
Between 2006-07 and 2016-17, the number of police recorded crimes of handling an offensive weapon fell by 68%.
But, we want to see further reductions to this unacceptable behaviour and are taking forward further actions. Alongside tough enforcement, our approach to knife crime is very firmly focused on prevention. We have already invested more than £14 million in violence prevention since 2006-07, including support for the national Violence Reduction Unit and Medics Against Violence, who work to develop and deliver various violence prevention initiatives including the accelerated delivery of the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme which is now being delivered in schools across Scotland.
We also continue to invest in our No Knives Better Lives youth engagement programme which specifically aims to reduce the incidence of violence and knife carrying amongst young people. This is now being delivered in 24 local authorities and is on track to be delivered in all 32 local authority areas this year.