Local safety portrait presented to the Montreal North borough

At the end of 2020, the ICPC, in collaboration with sociologists Mariam Hassaoui (TELUQ) and Victor Armony (UQAM), started developing a local safety portrait of violence committed and suffered by youth in the borough of Montreal North. This portrait should better identify the needs of youth between 12 and 25 years of age in Montreal North and, in 2021, support a call for collaborative projects acting on contributing factors of violence in youth such as:

  • Violence in intimate and sexual relationships;
  • Physical, verbal, and psychological violence;
  • Sense of belonging and trust in authority figures.

These elements have been analysed in four contexts: private, academic, external public, and internal public, and take the gender of the presumed perpetrators and of the victims into account.

The local safety portrait was presented in several instances throughout the month of June:

  1. To the borough’s executive committee;
  2. To the borough’s local government;
  3. To the procedure’s steering committee.

By taking stock of violence committed and suffered by youth, this portrait will lay the foundation for concerted action.

New publication from an ICPC partner

The UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair), Sherbrooke University, partner of the ICPC, has recently published a report titled "Constraints and opportunities in evaluating programs for prevention of violent extremism: how the practitioners see it". This report is based on semi-directed interviews conducted in an earlier study by the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) (Madriaza, Ponsot, & Marion, 2017) and on a focus group conducted by the UNESCO-PREV Chair in Ottawa, Canada, in March 2019.

To read the report: Constraints and opportunities in evaluating programs for prevention of violent extremism: how the practitioners see it 

New Guide – DataJam Against Exploitation: Participant Handbook

As part of the DataJam Against Exploitation 2021, the first online innovation competition in Canada, a “Participant Handbook” was developed and published. The event, financed by the Government of Canada, was organized in partnership between the ICPC, Fundación Pasos Libres, IBM, and the UNODC.

The handbook was adapted and translated collaboratively by the Fundación Pasos Libres, the ICPC and the UNODC from an earlier version published by Fundación Pasos Libres, with the support of IBM Corporate Social Responsibility, as part of the training materials for the DataJam Pasos Libres Online 2020, the first international contest of its kind, also on human trafficking.

The DataJam Against exploitation, held in May 2021, aimed to develop technological solutions to spot and fight human trafficking in Canada, especially the trafficking of youth, indigenous people, and members of the LGBTQI+ community. The contest also hoped to increase public awareness of human trafficking, to improve participants knowledge and resources, and to further intersectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration. The handbook contains three explanatory modules offering the reader an introduction to human trafficking in Canada and related issues, an overview of data’s importance in the fight against this crime, and case studies.

The first module, Introduction to Human Trafficking, discusses means of exploitation, risk factors, and recruitment and control methods. It also takes a brief look at different forms of legislation aimed at the prevention of human trafficking.

The second module, Human Trafficking and Data, explores the importance of data in the fight against human trafficking. It gives a few examples of key industries and compelling data as well as certain data security and protection considerations.

The last module, Case Studies / Cases of Success, is on three organizations and initiatives that used the power of data and collaboration to prevent and fight human trafficking.

Download: DataJam Against Exploitation: Participant Handbook

Webinar series on crime prevention and analysis

The ICPC is co-organizing a webinar series this year aiming to further the international conversation on crime prevention and analysis. The other organizing parties are the Department of Public security of the Organization of American States, The International Association of Crime Analysts, and Alberto Hurtado University’s Faculty of Law. The latest edition that took place in June focused on crime prevention and analysis in urban areas of Latin America. A variety of panelists exchanged their knowledge of and innovations in crime prevention on local and community levels. Subjects covered include information use, criminological analysis, and key decisions in safety, crime, and violence interventions. A focus was put on issues concerning vulnerable populations and lands.

The ICPC participates in International Prison Innovation Week

On June 24th, the ICPC presented at International Prison Innovation Week organized in Chile by our partner, the Coinserta network. The ICPC’s presentation, “Developing an Intervention and Prevention Response to Radicalization Leading to Violence in the French Probation System”, was on its research-action developed in 2016 to prevent violent extremism in the French probation system. The presentation aimed to introduce a radicalization prevention tool, specifically for a custodial setting, that could be adapted to the needs of indigenous communities in Chile.

Job offer: Analyst and project officer – Urban safety

The ICPC is looking for an Analyst and project officer in urban safety. Their job will include taking on, developing, implementing, and coordinating various urban safety projects and citizen consultation and participation projects relating to urban safety and to crime and violence prevention. They will be expected to contribute to the development of innovative urban safety practices and of multi-actor participation and co-construction processes, as well as to proactively participate in the ICPC’s development through new partnerships, project proposals, and their presence on social media and at events related to their projects.

The deadline for applying is July 30, 2021. To see the full job offer: Analyst and project officer – Urban Safety

New employees join ICPC team

At the beginning of July, we welcomed two new employees to the ICPC: Melissa Champagne and Sonia Ouimet.

Melissa, research assistant, holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology, intervention profile, from the Université de Montréal and is currently completing a master’s in criminology in criminological analysis. She is doing her master’s project on the effects of the pandemic on police interrogation results.

Sonia, research assistant intern, is doing a master’s with thesis in criminology at the Université de Montréal. She has worked in halfway houses with people with criminal records and with the Montreal CAVAC team working on sexual exploitation.

They will mainly be working on a criminality report for the city of Montreal and on supporting the ICPC’s technical assistance projects. Welcome!

Impact evaluation guide for projects and programmes in cannabis use prevention among youth

The goal of this guide, mainly intended for project managers and coordinators in charge of organizing these evaluations, is to provide a simple, systematic, and adaptable methodology for developing and implementing impact evaluation processes for cannabis use in youth prevention programmes. It is based on public health and urban safety approaches to impact assessment.

First, through five modules, the Guide d'évaluation des programmes de prévention de consommation du cannabis chez les jeunes lays out concrete programme analysis tools to better define the issues and the importance of the evaluation. Founded on official and recent scientific studies, this analysis tool, in simple steps, renders a global understanding of the reach and success of programmes, the evaluation of which can be complex. With a realistic approach, we address this question by offering a hybrid method, combining the evaluation of the stages of the programme’s implementation, and evaluation of the results.

Then, as a complement to this tool, a four chapter module titled La légalisation du cannabis : comment y répondre avec les programmes de prévention de consommation du cannabis chez les jeunes emphasizes programme conception to support municipalities in their strategic development around these issues.


Download: Guide d'évaluation des programmes de prévention de consommation du cannabis chez les jeunes (available in French only)

Download: La légalisation du cannabis : comment y répondre avec les programmes de prévention de consommation du cannabis chez les jeunes (available in French only)

The ICPC takes part in the Support Program for Municipalities

This spring, the ICPC finished its first year of three as part of the Support Program for Municipalities (SPM) 2019-2022, by the Quebec Ministry of Public Security. This program helps provide funding to municipal organisations, including indigenous organisations, in municipalities of fewer than 100 000 people, to allow them to create and implement preventive actions adapted to crime and safety issues that concern them. 

By financing action plans and prevention measures, the SPM can counteract the emergence of new problems or the worsening of old ones, as much among youth as among adults, around issues such as: 

  • Crime and victimization; 
  • Lawlessness and incivility;
  • The perception and the feeling of safety;
  • Assessment of services available to the population. 

In keeping with Quebec Ministry of Public Security’s mandate as part of the SPM in crime prevention, the ICPC has been mandated to accompany ten municipalities in putting together a structured procedure for crime prevention intervention planning, phase 1 of the SPM.  

The ten municipalities in question are: 

  • L’Épiphanie 
  • Notre-Dame-des-Prairies 
  • Joliette 
  • Notre-Dame-de-Ham 
  • Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval 
  • Sainte-Julie 
  • Saint-Prime 
  • Avignon RCM 
  • Pakua Shipi 
  • Wemotaci Atikamekw Council