Working session with community and social development workers in the borough of Montreal North

As part of the development of a local safety diagnosis, ICPC met with community and social development workers in the borough of Montreal North to present the procedure used to respond to a current urban safety issue.

This online discussion allowed the stakeholders to take ownership of the different steps of this process, which aims to prevent and reduce violence committed and sustained by youth, as well as to better understand the realities on the ground in the borough.

OAS and ICPC Organize a Discussion on the Role of Civil Society Crime Observatories in Mexico and Central America

On Tuesday, November 8, 2020, the Third Discussion of the Inter-American Community of Crime Observatories jointly organized by the Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) took place.

The panelists were Alfonso Domínguez (Mexico), Migdonia Ayestas (Honduras) and Carlos Mendoza (Guatemala). The presentations provided an opportunity to learn more about the creation and mandate of their respective observatories, their methods of data collection, processing and analysis, and their strategies for disseminating results.

The exchanges that followed these three presentations included discussions on the contribution of civil society observatories on violence and crime in unfavourable and difficult contexts. According to Mr. Mendoza and Ms. Ayestas, such observatories contribute to greater transparency and credibility around the construction of knowledge because they approach official data on crime with a more critical eye. This function is essential in countries where trust in state institutions is relatively low. Carlos Mendoza, coordinator of the Regional Observatory of Violence, also believes that this type of structure makes it possible to highlight problems "that governments cannot see or do not want to see".

The exchanges also addressed the challenges faced by these observatories in collecting and analyzing data on crime in the Mexican and Central American contexts. In particular, Ms. Ayestas highlighted the difficulty of obtaining official data from uncooperative public authorities and the difficulty of conducting perception and victimization surveys in some dangerous neighborhoods. Mr. Mendoza referred to the dependence of these observatories on the goodwill of governments for access to data, illustrating his point by the way recent decisions by the Guatemalan government limit transparency.

The event was organized by video conference and was broadcast live. It can be viewed in its entirety online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjNtPsK9sIA.

Problem solving activity in Saint-Michel

The ICPC held an online meeting for exchange with stakeholders from the Montreal Borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension to conduct a problem-solving activity related to certain urban safety issues experienced at François-Perreault Park.

The problem-solving approach, from a social development perspective, aims to coordinate the efforts of local stakeholders around a collectively defined urban safety issue. This approach therefore allows this group of participants to work together on common objectives in order, ultimately, to develop courses of action and future solutions.

Problem solving activity in Lachine

The ICPC conducted an online meeting for exchange with local stakeholders in the Montreal borough of Lachine in order to carry out a problem-solving activity related to verbal abuse issues.

The problem-solving approach, from a social development perspective, aims to coordinate the efforts of local stakeholders around a collectively defined urban security issue. This approach therefore allows this group of participants to work together on common objectives in order to develop courses of action and future solutions.

Work session in the borough of Montréal Nord

ICPC, in collaboration with professors Mariam Hassaoui (TELUQ) and Victor Armony (UQAM), held its first meeting of the steering committee to begin work on a portrait of urban safety issues in the borough of Montréal-Nord.

This online exchange session allowed the various local stakeholders involved in the project to take ownership of the different stages of this approach, which aims to prevent and reduce violence inflicted and sustained by the borough's youth.

The results of the project will be presented in March 2021.

ICPC attends the “Change The World” webinar series

ICPC attends the "Change The World" webinar series

ICPC was present at Webinar 1 "Partnerships, Collaboration and Integration to make Urban Safety Possible" as part of the Change The World webinar series organized by the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in collaboration with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum and Fixed on November 12, 2020.

About Webinar 1:
Embracing complexity and integrating to build systemic urban safety is reliant on partnerships and collaboration. Partnership is often a pre-requisite for policy, which rarely budgets for or measures the establishment and maintenance of partnerships themselves. Collaboration is difficult, it requires courage, personal investment, trust, effective communication. Tools to build reliable and sustainable partnerships and to measure collaboration maturity should be developed and shared to enable improved partnership practice internally amongst civil society partners as well as between civil society and governments around the globe.

To watch this discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNHw9h8vV0Q

The series will continue until February 2021.