The ICPC takes part in an international conference on security

The ICPC was invited by the International Union of Railways (UIC), an ICPC partner, to take part in the 16th UIC World Security Congress held online on December 9th. The theme of the conference was the organization of security during major events, and subjects discussed included international cooperation during major events, lessons learned from UIC members, and emerging threats to transport security.

The ICPC’s presentation focused on its experience in preventing violence resulting from radicalization in an urban mobility context.

The ICPC invited to a PNI meeting

As a member of the Institutes of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) and as part of its role on the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the ICPC was invited to attend the reconvened 30th session of the CCPCJ. The meeting, held online on December 8th, included a thematic discussion on effective measures to prevent and counter the smuggling of migrants while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants, particularly women and children, and those of unaccompanied migrant children, a discussion continued from the Commission’s previous session.

The ICPC thanks the CCPCJ for the invitation.

The ICPC takes part in a forum on violence prevention in youth

On December 7th, the ICPC took part in the first day of the forum Montréal sécuritaire pour les jeunes : dialogue sur l’intervention en prévention de la violence (Montreal Safe for Youth: Dialogue on violence prevention and intervention) to present an overview of the chapters and highlights of the “Rapport sur la violence commise et subie chez les jeunes de Montréal” (Report on Violence Committed and Suffered by the Youth of Montreal), a recent publication by the ICPC. This meeting of community and institutional partners involved in prevention aimed to:

  • Create a common understanding of the violence phenomenon;
  • Discuss youth resilience in a context in which the feeling of safety is important;
  • Take stock of the most recent data on risk factors of violence in Montreal;
  • Highlight the best prevention initiatives;
  • Foster collaboration and the development of an integrated vision among stake holders in violence prevention in youth;
  • Work together around specific issues in violence prevention and fuel the municipal conversation on urban safety;
  • Counter the phenomenon of committed and suffered violence.

The meeting was organized by the Montreal Service de la diversité et de l’inclusion sociale (Service for Social Diversity and Inclusion – SDIS) in collaboration with the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support – RESAL), of which the ICPC is a coordinating member, and the Institut du nouveau nonde (New World Institute – INM).

The other presentations of the forum included panelists from the Service de police de la ville de Montréal (Montreal Police Department – SPVM), L’Anonyme, and the Institut universitaire Jeunes en difficulté (At Risk Youth University Institute – IUJD) of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (Integrated University Center for Social Services of the South Center of the Island of Montreal – CIUSSS), ICPC partners.

The ICPC invited to an SPVM meeting in Saint-Michel

On November 30th, the ICPC had the pleasure of attending a presentation of the strategic plan for fighting gun violence and of the Équipe de concertation communautaire et de rapprochement (Team for Community Dialogue and the Development of Closer Ties – ECCR) given by the Service de police de la ville de Montréal (City of Montreal Police Department – SPVM), an ICPC partner, in collaboration with the neighbourhood station #30 of the Saint-Michel neighbourhood.

Concerning gun violence, the SPVM presented the current situation in Montreal and the main directions taken by the strategic plan for fighting gun violence. In particular, the SPVM highlighted the importance of collaborating with the community when it comes to the prevention of gun violence.

This meeting with the community was also an opportunity to meet the new ECCR that has been deployed since April 2021 in many areas of Montreal. This unit aims to connect with citizens and community organizations to find common and sustainable solutions to current or emerging issues around social cohabitation and urban safety.

The event was also an opportunity to introduce several local initiatives in which the neighbourhood station #30 is involved, in particular, those aiming to develop closer ties with the community, especially with youth.

Training session for community workers offered by the RÉSAL

As part of the development of the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support, RÉSAL)’s community of practice, of which ICPC is a member and the coordinator, a fourth training session in a series of activities planned this fall was held on November 11th. This training session mainly addressed community workers in Montreal to introduce methods of approach, of contact, and of intervention in street work for people working with youth and with people living in difficult situations.

The activity was hosted by Maxime Bonneau, clinic coordinator and trainer for PACT de rue, a community organization and RÉSAL member that works directly with youth and people in difficulty to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent risk behaviors.

The following subjects were discussed:

  • The definition and history of street work;
  • How to do field observation;
  • How to integrate a living environment well;
  • How to master intervention methods.

More information about other training sessions offered:

Violence prevention in street gangs

Sexual violence prevention

Online hate prevention

These training sessions were carried out with the financial support of the City of Montreal.

The ICPC invited to a CCPCJ thematic discussion

As a member of the Institutes of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI), the ICPC was invited to virtually attend the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)’s third intersessional meeting, held from November 10th to 12th. This event, organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was the first round of thematic discussions on the practical implementation of the Kyoto Declaration that aims to further crime prevention, criminal justice, and the rule of law in view of the sustainable development programme of 2030. The first thematic session on November 10th, which the ICPC attended, was on the causes of crime, evidence-based crime prevention, and adapted crime prevention strategies. The ICPC had contributed to the preparation of Workshop 1: Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators, and evaluation in support of successful practices as part of segment of the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on global crime prevention strategies for social and economic development.

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The ICPC officialized a mutual cooperation agreement with the Carabiniers of Chile

On Friday, November 5th, the ICPC and the Carabiniers of Chile signed a mutual cooperation agreement to initiate and promote a relationship of cooperation and understanding that will enable them to build a common vision of crime prevention. With this signing, the parties aim to engage in a collaboration to develop potential common activities that promote the development of more inclusive and safer societies and communities.

Training session on online hate prevention offered by the RÉSAL

As part of the development of the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support, RÉSAL)’s community of practice, an organization of which the ICPC is a member and the coordinator, a third training session of a series of activities planned this fall was held on November 4th. It focused on online hate prevention and aimed to familiarize the participants with the concepts of radicalization leading to violence and of hate-motivated acts. It also addressed various extremist expressions on social media, presented the existing initiatives and tools in the fight against online hate, and shared inspiring attitudes to face online hate.

The activity was hosted by Anne-Sophie Bedziri and Jeanne Plisson, advisors at the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) on issues and challenges related to radicalization leading to violence.

Among the highlights of the workshop, there were:

  • The importance of properly deconstructing the vocabulary (radicalization, extremism, terrorism) to use it well. Radicalization itself can lead to social progress and positive actions and doesn’t necessarily imply violence.
  • The many forms that hate-motivated acts can take: hate-motivated incidents, hate speech, and hate crimes. While the latter falls under the jurisdiction of the law, it is still difficult to fight hate-motivated incidents and hate speech under current legislative measures.
  • Multiple resources can be combined to limit radicalization leading to violence and hate-motivated acts online. Expressing interest in the youth involved in these phenomena, encouraging doubt, and reinforcing protective factors, are important considerations for field workers.

More information about other training sessions offered:

Violence prevention in street gangs

Sexual violence prevention

Street work and youth intervention

These training sessions were carried out with the financial support of the City of Montreal.

Training session on sexual violence prevention offered by the RÉSAL

As part of the development of the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support, RÉSAL)’s community of practice, of which ICPC is a member and the coordinator, a second training session in a series of activities planned this fall, was held on October 28. It focused on the prevention of sexual violence and aimed to explore the importance of language and of certain concepts in sexual violence prevention and review legal aspects and helpful attitudes for field workers.

The activity was hosted by Katherine Lapierre, project manager for the sex education programme and counselor for L’Anonyme, a RÉSAL member that works to promote safe behaviour and egalitarian relationships among youth.

Among the highlights of the workshop, there were:

  • The importance of inclusive language in prevention and interventions among youth to create a safer environment and to limit stigmatization.
  • The many shapes and forms in which violence can appear in day-to-day life without necessarily being recognized as such by the victims or by the perpetrators (sexual coercion, harassment, stealthing, etc.).
  • Despite a common misconception, around 2% of complaints around sexual assault are false accusations. This fact contrasts with a common vision that tends to easily question the account of victims.
  • Lastly, although a number of tools exist to accompany youth on this topic, how workers react to the disclosure of violence (listening, interest, trust) remains key for the following procedure with victims.

More information about other training sessions offered:

Violence prevention in street gangs

Online hate prevention

Street work and youth intervention

These training sessions were carried out with the financial support of the City of Montreal.