ICPC participated in a webinar on the prevention of violence and radicalization

On June 29, the ICPC was pleased to participate in the webinar “Preventing Social Polarization and Radicalization in Education and Beyond” organized by its partner the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP). 

During this webinar, nearly sixty participants, such as practicioners, school professionals and members of the RMCPC community, held a discussion on”the role of education professionals in preventing social polarization and radicalization leading to violence”. The purpose of this webinar was to present an overview of the study’s main findings  and the recommendations that arose from the 2-year project funded by Public Safety Canada on “Examining the role of school professionals in preventing social polarization and radicalization leading to violence”. As a result, a number of issues relating to the prevention of radicalization, violence, social polarization and cyberspace in Canadian schools were addressed.   

This event was an opportunity for the ICPC to learn more about international practices regarding the prevention of radicalization leading to violence, as well as issues that people working in schools may encounter. These were presented by CPN-PREV, CIVIX, Strong Cities Network and Foundation for a path forward. 

ICPC publishes its local safety audit on girls, women and elders for the Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension boroug

Various types of violence affect girls, women and elders. To name only one, it was revealed that up to 78% of women have undergone an act of cyberviolence from their partner or from a former partner and that 47% of younger women, of which 75% were adolescents, had undergone acts of cyberviolence during an intimate relationship in the last year (Gauvreau, 2022; Fernet et al., 2019).

The Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension borough, in Montreal, has mandated the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) to illustrate the state of safety on its territory. A larger focus was put on incidents involving girls and women of all ages. The objective was to target the main issues, as much qualitative as quantitative, to issue recommendations regarding initiatives that could be put in place to better the situation.

This audit presents the issue in many different ways depending on the targeted age group, be it adolescents (12-17), young women (18-25), adult women (24-64) and elders (65 and over), as well as recommendations for action and prevention. Issues include sexual, psychological and interpersonal violence, as well as cyber-violence and abuse.

The LSA is in line with the plan announced by VSP in 2022, which made women’s safety a priority for the borough.

Read the report here (synthesized version in French)

Read the report here (complete version in French)

Press release: the ICPC launches its second report on violence committed and suffered by young people in Greater Montreal area

In response to growing concern among Montrealers about their sense of insecurity, the ICPC Urban Safety Laboratory is proud to announce the publication of its second report on violence committed and suffered by young people in the Greater Montreal area.

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the various acts of violence involving young people in Montreal in recent years, highlighting key factors that have influenced these situations, including the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber-violence, and gun violence.

Read the press release: Press release

The ICPC highlights its global commitment at a seminar on crime in Ecuador

The ICPC took part part in a seminar on “Crime Challenges in Ecuador 2023” held at the Central University of Ecuador on 12 June 2023.  Organized by the Faculty of Jurisprudence, the Julio Endara Institute of Criminology at the Central University of Ecuador, and the Pan-American Studies Center (CEPEIGE), the seminar brought together various academic and institutional players from Ecuador and other Latin American countries to discuss different approaches, methods, and tools for preventing crime-related challenges. It was in this context that Oscar Figueroa, ICPC strategic consultant for Latin America, presented the mission, the network of members around the world, and the organization’s main current projects.   

Thank you for the invitation. 

The ICPC strengthens its international influence at the 32nd session of the CCPCJ in Vienna

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime recently participated in the  32nd session of the UNODC Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which took place from 22 to 25 May 2023 in Vienna, Austria. The event included the spring coordination meeting of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme (UNCPJ) network, of which the ICPC is a member.

Ann Champoux, Director General of the ICPC, represented the organisation at this 32nd meeting, marking the return of this in-person event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During the event, Ann Champoux attended the main PNI workshop, which focused on “Improving the operation of the criminal justice system to ensure access to justice and a safe and secure society”, as well as taking part in conferences on key crime prevention issues.   

This international meeting was an opportunity for the ICPC to consolidate its partnerships with several major staekeholders involved in violence prevention. Alongside meetings with members of our network, the ICPC had the pleasure of talking to Ian Tennant, head of the Vienna multilateral representation of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC), and Walter Kemp, director of global strategy against transnational crime at GI-TOC. They were able to discuss the ICPC’s Urban Safety Laboratory model and explore partnership opportunities between the two organizations.  

The ICPC would like to thank the organizers of the PNI meeting, as well as all the participants and partners with whom productive exchanges has been held. 

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the ICPC on the security of mobility: a review of the paths of action, innovation and prevention

From October 4 to 6, 2022, the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime organized the 7th International Conference on Observation, Analysis and Prevention of Insecurity, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Transport, the International Union of Railways, the International Association of Public Transport, the Union of Public Transports, Safe.brussels, the Institute of Higher Studies of the Ministry of the Interior, the government of Quebec and the government of Canada. The event took place at the headquarters of the International Union of Railways in Paris.

The main theme of the conference was Security in Mobility. Through a collaboration with French, Belgian, and Canadian partners, the event succeeded in presenting various approaches and raising awareness on multiple issues surrounding safety and insecurity in mobility. This conference revealed the importance of the risks and challenges faced by public transport, which is part of our daily lives.

The conference included several workshops addressing a wide range of topics related to safety and insecurity in mobility. These topics included the feeling of insecurity, public transit harassment, crisis management in the face of the terrorist threat, verbal abuse and aggression against staff, fare evasion, crisis management, and technological prevention tools, social prevention of violence and incivilities, crisis management: sharing experiences on current crisis situations, and situational prevention and the CPTED approach in mobility. 

These proceedings are a complete synthesis of all the information shared during the activities, as well as the exchanges between the different speakers and the participants. They are now available for consultation.

The main points to remember are as follows:

  1. The issue of harassment on public transport is a major problem, particularly detrimental to women.
  2. Crime does not occur randomly; it is influenced by circumstances and factors that facilitate criminal opportunities and acts of delinquency.
  3. There is a paradoxical cohabitation between individuals in great precariousness and users who pay for a service and naturally expect a certain level of quality.

You can access the proceedings by clicking on the corresponding links:

English version

French version

Spanish version

Participation of the ICPC in a session of exchange of experiences and innovation of the Inter-American Community of Crime Observatories

The first session of the 2023 Inter-American Community of Crime Observatories, Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States, was held on April 26. The ICPC was represented at the event by Oscar Figueroa, the organization’s Latin American consultant.

The session focused on the transfer of prevention and security models between two municipalities in the region, and the important role played by Observatories in the design, implementation, and monitoring of projects. Representatives from the municipality of Peñalolén (Chile) and the municipality of Nezahualcóyotl (Mexico) shared their respective models of rights promotion and social prevention, as well as their model of social proximity, and also shared the lessons learned from the exchange and transfers carried out. Security experts emphasized the importance of collaboration and communication between crime observatories to achieve effective security solutions.

ICPC interviewed on Radio-Canada’s “Les faits d’abord” radio show

On March 18th, the ICPC was invited to participate in the radio program “Les faits d’abord” on Radio-Canada to discuss the following question: Are mass killings likely to increase?

The recent tragic events in Amqui, Quebec have sparked concerns regarding violent behavior, and experts in the field have addressed the issue through a discussion. Michelle Côté, scientific advisor at the ICPC, discussed the risk behaviors associated with violent actions and proposed a multi-stakeholder approach to prevent different types of violence. Cécile Rousseau, a clinical psychiatrist and researcher who holds the Canada Research Chair in the Prevention of Violent Radicalization, emphasized the importance of prevention to avoid an increase in such tragedies, which may be related to mental health issues but are not limited to them. Dave Poitras, a scientific advisor specializing in violence prevention at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, also participated in the discussion, shedding light on the phenomenon of contagion after a massacre and the crucial role of media in these situations.

To listen to the interview (in French): http://bit.ly/3JBYBeS

For the fourth year in a row, the ICPC is taking part in the Municipal Support Program

As part of its ongoing commitment to public safety, the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) is proud to announce its participation in the Municipal Crime Prevention Support Program project for a fourth consecutive year. This initiative, supported by the provincial government, aims to strengthen community safety and prevent crime through a variety of preventive measures. This year, ICPC has been specifically mandated to support the municipalities of Blainville, L’Ancienne-Lorette, the Portneuf MRC, Notre-Dame-de-Ham, Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac and Brandon in their crime prevention efforts.

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to municipal organizations, including aboriginal organizations, with populations of less than 100,000, to enable them to design and implement preventive actions tailored to the crime and safety issues that concern them.

As part of the MSP’s crime prevention mandate, the ICPC has been mandated to support these municipalities in implementing a structured approach to prevention planning.

ICPC participates in a day of workshops organized by the Quebec Ministry of Public Safety

On March 14, the ICPC had the opportunity to participate in a day of workshops on gun violence prevention, organized by the Quebec Ministry of Public Safety. The goal of the workshops was to discuss the main initiatives carried out under the 2019-2023 Action Plan, that is part of the Contribution Agreement of the Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund. We are grateful to the Ministry for providing us with this opportunity to present our activities and results in relation to our Montreal Urban Safety Laboratory. This event allowed the ICPC to share its knowledge and expertise in urban safety, and to discuss with other stakeholders involved in the fight against gun violence.