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. 

The ICPC met its network in France and Belgium 

The ICPC was back on a mission in Europe. During the month of May, Director General Ann Champoux met with several members, partners and new collaborators to discuss opportunities for collaboration in crime prevention. 

Meeting with the President of the ICPC Board of Directors, UIC and ONDT 

On Tuesday, May 17th, in Paris, the ICPC met with the President of the Board of Directors, Isabelle Lonvis-Rome, in order to discuss, among other things, the strategic programming 2021-2023 of the ICPC.   

In the afternoon, the Director General met Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Head of the security division for the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Fabrice Fussy, Head of the National Observatory of Crime in transports (ONDT), with the aim of exchanging and collaborating on the organization of a conference to be held in autumn 2022.   

Meeting with the International Relations Department of the Bordeaux City Council 

The Director General and the President of the Board of Directors of the ICPC went to Bordeaux for a meeting at the Judicial Court of Bordeaux in order to exchange with French stakeholders on issues related to domestic violence and Equality between women and men.   

Afterwards, Ann Champoux met Sophie Senghor, Deputy Director of the President’s Office and la Direction des Relations Internationales de la mairie de Bordeaux (the International Relations Department of Bordeaux City Council). This meeting was an opportunity to present the current activities of the ICPC, as well as the perspectives of collaboration to be set up in Bordeaux, around projects related to the prevention of the exploitation of women and urban safety.   

Meeting with the Délégation Générale du Québec à Paris 

On Friday, May 20, the ICPC was back in Paris to meet Lisa-Marlène Ntibayindusha, Political Affairs and Cooperation Advisor of the Délégation Générale du Québec à Paris (General Delegation of Quebec in Paris). The meeting focused on the current activities of the ICPC and future collaborations, notably for the organization of an international conference in autumn 2022. 

Meetings with the UITP and the Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles 

On Monday, May 23, a meeting took place at the offices of the UITP in Brussels, the International Association of Public Transport, with Karine Sbirrazzuolo, Co-Director of the Knowledge & Innovation Department, and Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, for a working meeting on security in transport.    

In the afternoon, a discussion took place with Stéphanie Franssen, Bilateral Affairs and Cooperation Attaché of the Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles (General Delegation of Quebec in Brussels, DGQB), to provide an update on international projects and future collaborations.  

Meeting with Bruxelles Prévention & Sécurité

On Tuesday, May 24, the ICPC was hosted for a working meeting at the offices of Bruxelles Prévention & Sécurité (Brussels Prevention & Security) to meet with the Executive Committee, including among others, the Director General and High Official for the Brussels region, Sophie Lavaux, as well as the Director of the Brussels Observatory for Prevention and Security, Christine Rouffin.   

Meeting with the Institut des hautes études du ministère de l’Intérieur (IHEMI) 

On Wednesday, May 25, Ann Champoux and Fabrice Fussy, Head of the National Observatory of Crime in transports, a partner organization of the ICPC, met with Éric Freysselinard, French High Civil Servant, Director of the Institute of High Studies of the Ministry of the Interior (IHEMI), to discuss issues related to transport insecurity in France.  

We would like to thank all our collaborators for their welcome and these fruitful exchanges. 

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.

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.

A new RÉSAL publication

The Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and public action support, RÉSAL), coordinated by the ICPC, has published its 12th bulletin. This bulletin discusses safety in and around emergency shelter structures and poses the question of how to promote a human-centred approach.

This publication draws a portrait of the current state of emergency shelters in Montreal, reflects on the complexity of security within the context of emergency services for the homeless, describes the problem of social cohabitation, looks at other problems specific to these services’ clientele, presents an approach to be developped, explores the limits of private security, and situates the issue within COVID-19 and its related health measures.

Read the bulletin (available in French)

Publication by an ICPC partner

The UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair), Sherbrooke University, partner of the ICPC, published this month an international exploratory study called “Améliorer l’évaluation en prévention de l’extrémisme violent, c’est l’affaire de tous !” (Improving evaluation in violent extremism prevention is everyone’s business!). This study aims to document the experiences, challenges, and learning of researchers and field workers who evaluated radicalization and violent extremism practices and programs in various western countries. It is based on semi-structured interviews of such researchers and field workers done by the ICPC and the UNESCO-PREV Chair in North America and Europe in early 2020.

Read the study (in French): Améliorer l’évaluation en prévention de l’extrémisme violent, c’est l’affaire de tous !

The ICPC takes part in an international conference on security

The ICPC was invited by the International Union of Railways (UIC), an ICPC partner, to take part in the 16th UIC World Security Congress held online on December 9th. The theme of the conference was the organization of security during major events, and subjects discussed included international cooperation during major events, lessons learned from UIC members, and emerging threats to transport security.

The ICPC’s presentation focused on its experience in preventing violence resulting from radicalization in an urban mobility context.

The ICPC takes part in a forum on violence prevention in youth

On December 7th, the ICPC took part in the first day of the forum Montréal sécuritaire pour les jeunes : dialogue sur l’intervention en prévention de la violence (Montreal Safe for Youth: Dialogue on violence prevention and intervention) to present an overview of the chapters and highlights of the “Rapport sur la violence commise et subie chez les jeunes de Montréal” (Report on Violence Committed and Suffered by the Youth of Montreal), a recent publication by the ICPC. This meeting of community and institutional partners involved in prevention aimed to:

  • Create a common understanding of the violence phenomenon;
  • Discuss youth resilience in a context in which the feeling of safety is important;
  • Take stock of the most recent data on risk factors of violence in Montreal;
  • Highlight the best prevention initiatives;
  • Foster collaboration and the development of an integrated vision among stake holders in violence prevention in youth;
  • Work together around specific issues in violence prevention and fuel the municipal conversation on urban safety;
  • Counter the phenomenon of committed and suffered violence.

The meeting was organized by the Montreal Service de la diversité et de l’inclusion sociale (Service for Social Diversity and Inclusion – SDIS) in collaboration with the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support – RESAL), of which the ICPC is a coordinating member, and the Institut du nouveau nonde (New World Institute – INM).

The other presentations of the forum included panelists from the Service de police de la ville de Montréal (Montreal Police Department – SPVM), L’Anonyme, and the Institut universitaire Jeunes en difficulté (At Risk Youth University Institute – IUJD) of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (Integrated University Center for Social Services of the South Center of the Island of Montreal – CIUSSS), ICPC partners.