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Trauma Informed Policing

Ayrshire Division is pioneering a trauma informed approach to policing, with all officers and staff covering this region to become ‘trauma informed’ over the coming months.

Police Scotland is dealing with an increasing number of calls from people in crisis. From homelessness to addiction, officers are on the front line helping some of the country's most vulnerable people and communities.

Only 20% of incidents dealt with in Ayrshire are crime-related, with an increasing number of calls coming from people in some form of crises.

In order to deal effectively with these personal crises it's essential to have officers and staff who understand the trauma which is often at the root of such appeals for help.

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It’s estimated that half of the Scottish population have been affected by adverse childhood experience (ACES). ACES covers ten key experiences ranging from neglect and abuse to parental addiction and mental health issues.

The evidence shows us that if a person experiences four or more such negative experiences before the age of 18 they are seven times more likely to have been involved in violence in the last year and eleven times more likely to have been incarcerated.

According to an English study we could reduce the perpetration of violence by 52% if we tackled ACES. In Wales the figure is 60%.

Will Linden acting Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit said: “Understanding ACES is fundamental to preventing violence. The weight of evidence in this area speaks for itself. Police officers can be our frontline defence to help protect our young people from ACES. Working together with our partners we can create a resilient Scotland.”

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