It was The Guardian that gave Karyn McCluskey the moniker of 'the woman who took on Glasgow’s gangs'. ‘There was this idea that I'm a gang buster. And that reputation stuck,' she says. 'Actually, I spend more time doing early years, supporting parents and kids.’
But her impact in reducing violent crime in Glasgow – a city the United Nations previously dubbed as one of Europe’s most violent cities – should not be underplayed.
Born in Falkirk, McCluskey says she had a ‘strange background’ before going into policing. She is a qualified nurse, trained as a forensic psychologist and had 'loads of other failed careers’.