The ICPC’s 12th Colloquium: Crime Prevention Strategies in the 21st Century: Evolving Practices and Policies, Montreal, Canada

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) held its 12th International Colloquium in Montreal, Canada, from November 6 to 8, 2017. The event was funded by Public Safety Canada and the Government of Quebec. Consequent to its mission to promote crime prevention as a way to ensure community safety and increased quality of life for all, the ICPC has hosted colloquiums of this sort every two years in several countries such as Australia, Norway, Mexico, Chile, South Africa, and Italy. The ICPC’s colloquiums offer a space for debate and dialogue between international experts, fostering innovative ideas and the formation of partnerships that will increase the scope of crime prevention as a tool for social improvement.

This year’s Colloquium was titled “Crime Prevention Strategies in the 21st Century: Evolving Practices and Policies”. As such, it focused on the evolution of the role of crime prevention actors as well as the challenges related to coordination and collaboration between governments. This theme allowed the Colloquium’s participants to share their perspectives on important subjects such as the different issues that affect crime prevention in different global regions, financial challenges in the field, or the need for strategies that are adapted to local urban settings.

This Colloquium was very successful in terms of organization, programme quality, and diversity of participants, with rich presentations and discussions. Here is the Colloquium in numbers: 144 participants, 55 speakers, 4 plenary sessions, 12 workshops, 3 site visits, 3 languages (English, French, and Spanish), 4 continents, and 16 countries.


1. Programme

2. Press release

3. Photos

The ICPC’s 11th Colloquium: Crime Prevention in a Mobile World, Palermo, Italy

The ICPC, in association with the city of Palermo and Consorzio Nova Onlus, organized its 11th Colloquium on “Crime Prevention in a Mobile World’’ from November 17 to 19, 2014, at Castello Utveggio in Palermo, Italy. The proposed theme for the 2014 Colloquium provided a valuable opportunity to focus on a growing phenomenon – the increasing mobility of society and the development of technologies we use. The Colloquium explored the outcomes of this phenomenon, namely the emergence of new types of and trends in crime, as well as changes in ongoing issues such as domestic violence.

The Colloquium looked at the following themes:

- Mobility and community safety
- Moving people: safety in public transport
- Violence against women and the gendered dimension of migration
- Borderless crimes: Trends and developments in human trafficking
- Drug-related crimes: Causes and consequences of an increasingly mobile world
- Urban migration and the role of cities
- Preventing radicalization and exploring its link with globalization
- Security sector reforms
- Current international debates and perspectives for evidence-based prevention strategie

The Colloquium was deemed very successful in terms of organization, programme, diversity of participants, quality of the presentations, and discussions.  It was attended by 200 participants from 21 countries across 4 continents.

- 54 speakers, 11 workshops, 1 plenary session.


Press Coverage

Interview, Ms. Chantal Bernier, President, ICP


The ICPC’s 15th Anniversary, Montreal, Canada

Crime prevention across the world: Taking stock, Evaluation, and future perspectives
Montreal, Canada

The ICPC's 15th Anniversary Colloquium gathered 332 participants from 48 different countries.

The theme of the evolution in crime prevention policies and practices over the past 15 years was at the heart of the debates. The new trends in prevention, action on a local level, mediation, mobilization of local players, evaluation, public/private partnership, human rights, urbanization, and peacekeeping missions were among the main topics tackled during this 15th anniversary.

The 2009 ICPC annual event marked the ICPC's 15th anniversary and a restrospective of the ICPC's 15 years of activities was published.

In response to the evaluation questionnaire, 92% of the respondents said they had increased their knowledge of challenges and problems linked to crime prevention and security. Furthermore, 90% surveyed affirmed that the information delivered would be useful in their work environment.

The event allowed the ICPC to formulate precise recommendations in keeping with the topics brought up in the different sessions and workshops.

Please find below:

The retrospective of 15 years of activities

- The programme

- Recommandations and conclusions

- The press coverage

- Pictures of the 15th anniversary

- The biographies and the speakers' presentations are available below

Please note that the presentations are in their original language and not all are available online. 

Opening Speeches

Claude Dauphin, President of the City Council, City of Montreal

Fadela Amara, Secretary of State for Urban Policies, Ministère du Travail, des Relations sociales, de la Famille, de la Solidarité et de la Ville, France

Robert Lafrenière, Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Quebec

Valérie Sagant,  ICPC’s Director General


Plenary Session: The Evolution of Crime Prevention Practices and Strategies from across the World

Michel Marcus, Executive Director, European Forum on Urban Safety (EFUS) and Vice-President, ICPC


Workshop 1: Local Action and Community Mobilization

Peter Dinsdale, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres, Canada

Kelli Coombs, Citizen Security Programme, Trinidad et Tobago

Md. Mokhlesur Rahman, Deputy Inspector General, Dhaka Range, Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh

Julie Anne Boudreau, Professor and Research Chair on Cities and Political Challenges related to Insecurity, National Institute of Scientific Research, Canada & Amadou-Lamine Cissé, Advisor on Partnerships, Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities of Quebec, Canada

Workshop 2: Development of Social Mediation and Innovative Action in Conflict Resolution

Suzanne Djombi, Suzanne Djombi, Communication Officer, CANADEL, Yaoudé, Cameroun

Workshop 3: Prevention Tools: A 15 Year Assessment on Building Capacity of Diverse Actors

Karine Chayer, Université de Montréal, Canada, Representative, Action des femmes handicapées Montreal, Canada

Garner Clancey, Director, CHD Partners, Australia

Hasan Alshehr, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Arabie Saoudite

Jorge Araya, Director of Public Safety Division, Ministry of Interior, Chile

Workshop 4: Evaluation Methods for Prevention: Issues and Limits

Maria Jose Alcala, Adviser, Ending Violence against Women, United Nations Development Fund for Women

Daniel Sansfaçon, Director of Policy, Research and Evaluation, National Crime Prevention Centre, Canada

Peter Homel, Senior Research Analyst; Research Manager, Australian Institute of Criminology, Australia

Workshop 5: Partnerships with Public and Private Partners in Crime Prevention: Successes and Pitfalls

Elizabeth Ward, Chairman of the Board, the Violence Prevention Alliance et consultante à  l’Institute for Criminal Justice and Security, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica

Juan Ernesto Galdamez, (CECI) - Community-Based Crime and Violence Prevention Project, El Salvador(USAID-RT-CECI)

Jacques Colliard, Security Centre Manager, International Union of Railways, Paris, France

Plenary Session: Crime Prevention: Future Challenges and New Actors in Crime Prevention

Barbara Holtmann, leader of the Crime Prevention Research Group, Council for Scientific and Industrial

Research (CSIR) and Vice-President, ICPC

Dr. Alexander Butchart, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, World Health Organization (WHO)

Workshop 6: New Environments

Paula Miraglia, Executive Director, ILANUD, Brazil
John Domm, Chief of Police, Rama Police Services, Canada
Manjula Gumala, South Africa Police Service (SAPS), South Africa
Ajay Mehra, Director (Honorary), Centre for Public Affairs, India

Workshop 7: New Challenges (no presentation available)

Workshop 8: New Actors

Winifred D. Reed, Chief, Crime Control and Prevention Research Division, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, United States

Nadine Jubb, Regional Coordinator of Study on Women Police Stations, Nicaragua

Adrianus Meliala, Professor in Criminology at the Faculty of Social & Political Sciences, University of Indonesia, Jakarta

Workshop 9: New Practices

Chantal Bernier, Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Board of Directors Member, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Canada

Fernando Carrion,  Professor, FLACSO, Ecuador

Sonja Stojanovic, Director of the Centre for Civil-Military Relations, Belgrade, Serbia

Nelson Pellegrino, Chief of Cabinet, Secretary Justice and Human Rights State of Bahia, Brazil

Workshop 10: New Commitments and Challenges for International Frameworks: A Focus on Human Rights

Glenda Cooney, Partner, Pearcey Cooney Consulting and Training, former Deputy Ombudsman and Deputy Children’s Advocate, Saskatchewan, Canada

Juan Salgado, Professor, Legal Studies Department, CIDE, Mexico

Kristina Holgersson, Superintendent, Stockholm County Police, Suède

Katy Rondan, Sociologist, Study on Trafficking of Children and Sexual Exploitation in Cusco and Lima, Peru

Forum: Impact of local leadership on prevention and safety policies

Maria Isabel Gutiérrez, Director, CISALVA Institute, Colombia

Country Sessions: Presentation of Innovative Crime Prevention Experiences

Session: CANADA

Mary Ann Kirvan, Senior Counsel, National Crime Prevention Centre, Department of Public Safety, Canada

Session: BRÉSIL

Sr. Romeu Tuma Junior, Secretario Nacional de Justicia, Gobierno Federal de Brasil

Session : NORVÈGE

Erling Borstad, National Police Directorate, Norway

Erik Nadheim, Executive Director, National Crime Prevention Council (KRAD), Norway

Session International Cooperation

Claudia Laub, President, El Agora, Argentina

McClellan Hall, Project Venture, National Indian Youth Leadership Project, New Mexico

Marlyn J. Jones, Associate Professor, Division of Criminal Justice, California State University, Sacramento, United States

Session : Tools for the Police
Abraham Abugattas, Chief of Cabinet, Sub Secretariat of Carabineros, Ministry of Defence, Chile
Bjorn Barland, Professor, Norwegian Police University College, Norway

Dawei Wang, Director Professor of Criminology and Director of the Division of Postgraduate in Chinese People's Public Security University, China

Session: Tools for Cities in Latin America

Veronica Martinez Solares, Association internationale de l’aide aux victimes, consultant World Bank, Mexico
Elkin Velasquez, Coordinator, Safer Cities, UN HABITAT

Session: Safety Observatories

Christophe Soullez, Head of the Department, National Observatory on Crime, France

Filling the gaps: integrated approaches to crime prevention and safety, Cape Town, South Africa

The ICPC, in association with the South African government and South African Police Service (SAPS), organized its 10th Bi-annual Colloquium called “Filling the gaps: integrated approaches to crime prevention and safety’’ from February 20 to 22, 2012, at Upper Eastside Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

The proposed theme for the 2012 Colloquium provided a valuable opportunity to focus on traditional and new sectors working on crime prevention, with debate and dialogue informed by international experts. This event aimed to promote innovative partnerships to respond to community safety challenges.

The Colloquium explored the following themes:

  • National crime prevention policies
  • Criminal justice and crime prevention
  • The role of policing in crime prevention
  • Local governance and safety
  • Evidence and policy making
  • Public-private partnerships and crime prevention
  • Cities, development and armed violence

The Colloquium was deemed very successful in terms of organization, program, diversity of participants, quality of the presentations and discussions. It was attended by 220 participants from 20 countries.


The Programme (Agenda, Speaker Biographies, Presentation description...)
The Information Note for Participants
Press Coverage