Meeting at the ICPC of the Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux 

On September 9, 2022, we had the pleasure of welcoming to our offices in Downtown Montreal, Mr. Amine Smihi, Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux delegated to public tranquility, safety and prevention and Mr. Louis Audet Gosselin, Scientific and Strategic Director of the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalisation leading to Violence (CPRLV). The meeting was dedicated to present the organizations, to discuss the current issues and concerns of the City of Bordeaux in terms of urban safety, crime prevention and security governance, as well as to exchange on collaborations perspectives. 

We would like to thank Mr. Smihi for coming to Montreal; it was a pleasure to welcome him to our offices. We also thank Mr. Gosselin of the CPRMV for his participation in this very fruitful meeting. 

A strategic consultant joins the ICPC team

We are very pleased to have welcomed a new member to the team this year: Oscar Figueroa.  

Oscar, Strategic Consultant in Latin America, holds a Master’s degree Analysis and Crime Prevention from the University Miguel Hernandez (Spain), has training in the police field in the French Gendarmerie from the Center of Excellence for police of the UN in Vicenza (Italy) and the University of California Long Beach. Before joining the team, he was a retired colonel of the Carabineros of Chile and cartographer. He has over 20 years of experience in the implementation of geographic information systems for crime prevention and criminal analysis. He also served as Head of the Department of Criminal Analysis of Carabineros and Prefect of the Western Prefecture in Santiago Chile. 

Welcome to the team! 

ICPC welcomes a new international member

The ICPC is proud to announce that a new member has joined its network, which is the IECRIMT, Instituto de Estudios Criminológicos Transdisciplinarios (Institute of Transdisciplinary Criminological Studies). For IECRIMT, it is extremely important to collaborate with institutes, centres and universities that address criminology and safety issues. In this sense, it is important to recognize the relevance of the exchange of information, reflections and experiences between our two entities, which will allow the improvement of practices and public policies in the field of crime prevention, thus enriching the work of each.  

About the Instituto d’Estudios Criminológicos Transdisciplinarios (Institute of Transdisciplinary Criminological Studies) (IECRIMT)  

IECRIMT specializes in the social prevention of violence and crime. This institute, founded in Mexico City in 2014, was created by prestigious academics with years of experience in the field, recognizing that the problems of security, violence and crime are clearly marked by the structural characteristics of today’s societies. 

Espoir 18 in Montreal

Since 2019, the ICPC and the Parisian association Espoir 18 have been working closely together on a project on improving police-population dialogue, with a particular focus on youth and minority groups in their relationship with the police institution. The aim of this project was to document inspiring experiences and practices on both sides of the Atlantic, but also to promote the transfer of knowledge and establish collaborations around this theme.  

Espoir 18 is an association that works for the integration and socialization of more than 2,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 30 in certain working-class neighborhoods of Paris, through cultural, artistic, and sports activities. As part of its mission to support success and prevent delinquency, the association is involved in the deployment of a variety of reference initiatives, ranging from the creation of artistic projects to the organization of international mobility trips. 

As part of this collaboration, a team from Espoir 18, consisting of around thirty people, including twenty young people from the association, was in Montreal from 8 to 12 July 2022. This mission was part of a North American tour, notably in Washington and New York, of two reference theatrical performances, Bad Mama and Lettres à Nour, after a year of touring in French cities.   

We are very glad to have welcomed them to Montreal.    

The plays address multiple issues, concerns, aspirations, and realities that contemporary youth go through, especially in certain disadvantaged territories: daily life, radicalization that can lead to violence, identity issues, relationships between generations and with institutions, as well as other subjects. Moreover, Bad Mama is a co-development project, which started in 2019, between young people and youth workers, directed by Farid Abdelkrim, and performed by the theatrical troupe of “Z’improbables” (a troupe of Espoir 18). This artistic initiative became a way for the group to learn to express themselves on sometimes complex subjects. As for Lettres à Nour, it is a play adapted from Rachid Benzine’s novel and directed by him, performed by Farid Abdelkrim and Céline Dély, which aims to deconstruct the ideology of Daech and challenge the certainties of the spectators.  

For the first evening of theatre, which took place on Saturday 9 July at the Union Française de Montréal in Downtown Montreal, nearly 40 people were present to see the plays. The audience also had the opportunity to discuss with the group after the performances.   

On Monday, July 11, Espoir 18 and the ICPC were hosted in Montreal North by the organizations Parole d’excluEs and Hoodstock for a visit to the Pelletier homes, the Parole d’excluEs’ offices, and to the place de l’Espoir. These visits allowed the group to exchange with local stakeholders and to learn more about the realities of the neighborhood.  

 

In the evening, the second theatrical performance took place at Espace 7000 in Montreal North, welcoming nearly 75 people. The audience also had the opportunity to discuss with the group the issues raised by the plays, the background of these plays, and the impact that this type of engagement has had on the young people since the beginning of the process.   

 

Thank you to all the participants who attended the events.    

ICPC participation in an international online concertation on July 14

The ICPC are pleased to have attended the Technical Experts Group meeting organised by the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (Bundesministerium fur Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Bauwesen, BMWSB) which reiterates its commitment to highlight and make sustainable urban development a key theme of the upcoming G7 Summit, which will take place at the end of June in Bern, under the German Presidency.

Under the theme “Urban Development Track”, this meeting brought together international agencies and NPOs to develop a common position on inclusive and sustainable urban development, to develop cooperation in this field and to highlight the importance of the role of cities in achieving the global sustainable development goals. 

We would like to thank the German Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building for the invitation. 

The ICPC takes part in a PNI coordination meeting

On May 27th, the ICPC took part in the second coordination meeting of the year of the Institutes of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) as part of its role on the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

Among other things, the meeting allowed the members of the network to present their recent and ongoing activities, revisit the “Kyoto Declaration on Advancing Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and the Rule of law” and report on the 31st session of the CCPCJ, which took place from 16 to 20 May in Vienna. 

The visit of the delegation of the Carabineros of Chile at the ICPC

In the framework of the reciprocal cooperation agreement developed with its partner, the Carabineros de Chile, the ICPC received last week a delegation in Montreal. Exchanges were held throughout the week on approaches to building a common vision on crime prevention and on different policing approaches.

During the week, we were delighted to welcome Mr. Felipe Orellana Martínez, Consul General of Chile in Montreal, for an exchange session on policing realities in Quebec and Chile.   

Also, the ICPC and the Carabineros de Chile were hosted in Nicolet to meet with Mr. Pierre St-Antoine, Director General of the École Nationale de Police du Québec, as well as members to discuss approaches related to community policing and concentration policing.   

In addition, we had the pleasure of being welcomed by Mr. Fady Dagher, Director of the Service de police de l’agglomération de Longueuil, for a meeting and field visit in Longueuil, by Mr. Yann-Cédric Quéro, Chief of the Partnership and Diversity Division of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, for a meeting in Montreal, as well as  by the Sûreté du Québec and the Service du renseignement criminel du Québec for discussion meetings. 

Also, we had the pleasure to meet with Mr. Mathieu Parenteau, Director of America and the Caribbean of the Ministère des relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec for a Quebec-Chile exchange meeting on the themes of Quebec’s international action in the Americas and the reality of policing in Quebec.  

Finally, we would like to thank our partners, the Carabineros de Chile; it was a pleasure to welcome them and accompany them with the objective of developing common activities favoring the development of more inclusive and safer societies and communities. We would also like to thank all the ICPC partners who made these visits and exchange sessions possible.

Standing in solidarity with the people of Ukraine

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, whose mission is to promote the most effective strategies and practices in the prevention of crime and violence, strongly condemns the unjustified violation of international law, norms and principles committed in the context of the invasion of the state of Ukraine.

For the past few weeks, the country has been facing an international conflict undermining the security of communities and respect for norms and standards of human rights and justice. The use of force in Ukraine is an act of aggression and a threat to peace and security in Europe and the world.

The ICPC expresses its solidarity with the people in Ukraine as well as with those fleeing the country, their relatives, women, children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups facing such suffering.

We would like to emphasize the importance of advocating for the efforts of local governments and leaders, along with the international community, to support the people and collectively engage in order to achieve peace.

For more information on how to get involved in Canada: https://www.ucc.ca/

#StandWithUkraine

The ICPC takes part in a TAHub meeting

The ICPC took part in the Traffik Analysis Hub (TAHub)’s January meeting, a network of 116 organizations across the globe, including the ICPC, whose goal is to contribute to the eradication of human exploitation of all kinds. This meeting included a presentation of new indicators that facilitate the analysis of current tendencies in human trafficking. The American organization Polaris whose mandate is to fight human trafficking also presented a data collection project focused on the U.S.-Mexico agricultural setting. Thanks to the implementation of a hotline, this organization has been able to collect information directly from victims, mostly undocumented Mexican workers, thus widening their impact in the community.

A new ICPC intern

In January 2022, the ICPC welcomed a new employee to the team: Eva Croci.

Eva, Research Assistant Intern, is currently doing her master’s in international public policy at Sherbrooke University. As part of her studies, she is doing a supervised project on Western far-right terrorism with the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, an ICPC partner. She gained experience as a research assistant at Sherbrooke University where she worked on issues related to terrorism and cybercrime. As part of her internship, she will work especially on projects with a focus on the prevention of the glorification of firearms on social media.