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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Job offer: Analyst – Urban safety

The ICPC is looking for an Analyst in Urban Safety. Their job will include contributing to the development and implementation of various urban safety projects and taking charge of the collection and analysis of data related to their designated projects. They will be expected to contribute to the development of innovative practices in urban safety and multi-stakeholder participation and co-construction processes and to proactively participate in the development of the organization by providing scientific and technical input to the ICPC team.

The deadline for applying is November 30th, 2021. Applications closed.

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.

The ICPC connects with its network in France and Belgium

This month, during her visit to Europe, the ICPC’s Director General met with many members, partners, and new collaborators to discuss cooperation opportunities for crime prevention.

The Association des maires de France et des présidents d’intercommunalité

On Monday October 18th, in Paris, the ICPC met with Corinne de la Mettrie, Deputy Director of the Association des maires de France et des présidents d’intercommunalité (AMF), Pauline Tivelet, Project manager and Head of European and International Affairs of the AMF, Nathalie Genest, Political Affairs and Cooperation Attaché of the Délégation générale du Québec à Paris (General Delegation of Quebec in Paris, DGQP), and Nicolas Pasquier, Political Affairs and Cooperation Intern of the DGQP. This meeting was an opportunity to present the ICPC, its ongoing projects, its key initiatives, especially the Urban Safety Laboratory, and to consider future collaboration.

The Délégation générale de Québec à Paris

On Tuesday, October 19th, in Paris, the ICPC met with Michèle Boisvert, General Delegate of Quebec in Paris, to exchange on how to support Quebec-France internationalization projects in crime prevention.

Efus Conference “Security, Democracy and Cities”

The ICPC attended the seventh international conference organized by the European Forum on Urban Security (Efus), an ICPC member, in Nice. The conference took place from October 20th to 22nd and included many workshops on the role and involvement of citizens, mayors, cities, and local authorities in urban safety that the ICPC attended. The ICPC also took the opportunity to reconnect with several international partners and discuss future collaboration. The ICPC also attended an award ceremony at which the Observatoire international de la délinquance dans les transports (International Observatory of Crime on Transport), an ICPC member, gave out the PrixPrev, a prize for local stakeholders who developed inspiring prevention practices. This year’s theme was “Mobility and safety”.

The Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles

On Monday, October 25th, in Brussels, the ICPC and Stéphanie Frassen, Bilateral Affairs and Cooperation Attaché of the Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles (General Delegation of Quebec in Brussels, DGQB), discussed the ICPC’s ongoing activities and upcoming collaborations.

Bruxelles Prévention & Sécurité

Also on October 25th, the ICPC met with Sophie Lavaux, Director General of Bruxelles Prévention et Sécurité (Brussels Prevention and Safety, BPS), an ICPC member, Christine Rouffin, Observatory Director at BPS, and Yves Bastaerts, Deputy Director of BPS.

Belgian Forum for Urban Security

On Tuesday, October 26th, in Brussels, the ICPC met with Laetitia Nolet, Coordinator of the Belgian Forum for Urban Security, about prospective collaborations in crime prevention and safety.

The International Association of Public Transport

Also on October 26th, the ICPC met with Karine Sbirrazzuoli, Deputy Director of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) to discuss crime prevention and safety on transport among other things.

Launch of the RÉSAL’s community of practice

The ICPC had the pleasure of organizing the launch of a series of workshops and activities offered by the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support, RÉSAL) as part of the development of its community of practice. Supported by the city of Montreal, this process aims to provide a bigger space for the sharing knowledge and experience around different forms of violence committed and suffered by youth aged 12 to 25. It is specially targeted at community workers in the North-East of the island of Montreal to equip them to deal with various problems met in their daily activities.

For the first theme of the fall on violence prevention in street gangs, the local stakeholders were able to attend a day-long workshop given by René-André Brisebois, instructor and lecturer at the University of Montreal for the last decade, and Professional Coordinator of the Institut universitaire jeunes en difficulté (IUJD)’s Center of Expertise.

Aiming to deconstruct common prejudices around street gangs and criminalized youth networks, the workshop highlighted some key aspects:

  • The ethnicized dimension of the term “street gang” and the complex reality of this phenomenon;
  • The social and personal characteristics pf gang members, as well as the affiliation and disaffiliation trajectories of youth within these groups;
  • The most effective approaches, preventive actions, and interventions for preventing the joining of gangs and for reducing related crimes.

Overall, around 15 participants were present at the workshop given at the BAnQ Grande bibliothèque and all sanitary recommendations were followed. This first workshop will be followed by clinical supervision activities this fall to delve deeper into the issues raised from the fieldworkers’ experience.

More information about other training sessions offered:

Sexual violence prevention

Online hate prevention

Street work and youth intervention

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

The ICPC takes part in a CMNCP conference on urban safety

On Tuesday, October 5th, the ICPC was on a panel as part of the virtual conference: “Community Safety in the Midst of a Global Pandemic: Who Are We Leaving Behind?” organized by the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP), an ICPC partner, that took place from October 4th to 6th, 2021, gathering nearly 80 participants.

The session in which the ICPC took part was called “Eradicating Violence: Essentials That Do Not Leave People Behind” and discussed community safety and crime prevention, as well as an evidence-based and inclusive approach to violence prevention. Questions discussed included:

  • What are the evidence-based solutions that should be more used in Canada?
  • How to implement these solutions?
  • What can we learn from cities that succeeded in making changes necessary to succeed?
  • Can we learn from cities like London, UK, that applied a public health model to violence prevention?

The ICPC would like to thank the CMNCP for the invitation.

The ICPC participates in a conference on urban safety in a pandemic

The ICPC is invited to participate in the virtual conference “Community Safety in the Midst of a Global Pandemic: Who Are We leaving behind?” organized by the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP), an ICPC partner. The ICPC will be part of a panel called “Eradicating Violence: Essentials That Do Not Leave People Behind” on October 5, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM (EST).

This conference will be held from October 4 to 6, 2021, and aims to support urban and rural municipalities and indigenous communities, organizations, groups, and individuals in their crime prevention and urban safety efforts in the communities and areas where they live. The conference will address many questions including the notion of safety, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on urban safety, links between systemic issues such as racism or social justice, and urban safety and the prevention of hate and violent extremism. The deadline for signing up is October 1, 2021.

Learn more and sign up: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cmncp-2021-virtual-conference-tickets-160796082411

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.

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.