John Carnochan was an active police officer for nearly four decades, including as deputy head of the Criminal Investigation Department within Strathclyde Police. He rose to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2007. As the co-founder and co-director of the Violence Reduction Unit (with a Scotland-wide remit), John led a variety of successful initiatives in tackling gang violence, knife crime and domestic violence. John is an adviser to the World Health Organisation, lectures at the Scottish Police College, is a consultant for the Inter-American Bank, serves on the Scottish Government’s Early Years Task Force, as well on the boards of several groups (including Alcohol Focus Scotland, Children’s Parliament and the Poverty and Truth Commission). In 2013, John was on the public health faculty of St Andrew’s University. He recently co-authored a book On Being a Man (Luath Press 2014).
Of his partnership with WAVE Trust he said
For close to a decade, WAVE’s work and that of the Violence Reduction Unit have followed different paths toward the same outcomes. Our shared goal of shifting the balance from reaction to prevention - and our shared commitment to addressing the root causes of violence, poor health and inequality – have made us firm allies.
The time is now right for me to actively join forces with WAVE. I am honoured to be able to work more closely with WAVE’s staff, first Senior Fellow (Professor Sir Harry Burns) and the coalitions WAVE coordinates on both sides of the border. Together, we can encourage and assist people to take meaningful, sometimes radically different, actions that will result in: ‘Every baby nurtured; Every child thriving; and, Every parent prepared and supported’