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

TIJ celebrates it’s 10th anniversary

This year, on June 13th, the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) celebrated its 10th anniversary. The ICPC is pleased to be among the TIJ’s collaborators. It is an institution that has been leading Thailand’s efforts in the field of criminal justice, reintegration, and the rule of law for the past 10 years, and is a fellow member of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNI).

“It is important for us to acknowledge the work of this renowned research institution that promotes a community of justice fostering human rights principles and the rule of law. The extensive involvement of the TIJ’s members has led this institute to become a key player in crime prevention and criminal justice strategies on a global scale, and by fostering important partnerships, it has succeeded in evolving and innovating emerging trends in crime prevention and criminal justice. We are confident that the TIJ will continue to fulfill its mission for many years to come.” – Ann Champoux, Director General at the ICPC

For more information, see the TIJ’s publication: Growing Bright.

The ICPC invited to a conversation on urban security

On June 8th, the ICPC was invited by the European Forum for Urban Safety (Efus) and by the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP) to take part in an informal conversation on urban safety. The main subjects discussed were each of the invited organizations challenges in the face of COVID-19, their on-going projects, and their up-coming events.

Among the attendees were the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), both ICPC members.

The ICPC joins the Traffik Analysis Hub

The ICPC was recently invited to join the Traffik Analysis Hub (TA Hub), which is aimed at global human trafficking prevention. It is a joint effort from across different sectors and industries, governments, and NGO partners, all committed to sharing data and knowledge in order to help the fight against human trafficking.

On May 28th, the ICPC took part in the Analyst monthly call, along with representatives from multiple partners of the TA Hub. At the meeting, some new features of the platform were presented, and some of the practical challenges were discussed as well as possible avenues to overcome them.