Security is considered a top challenge for EU citizens, urban authorities and other relevant stakeholders are required to improve their responsiveness and ability to adopt the right, hybrid approach to solve emerging threats. Security policies implemented at local level should in fact be integrated, especially when it comes to crime prevention and promotion of social cohesion; they should be transversal to all other relevant domains, such as housing, social, youth, urban planning.
In this context, new professional profiles such as "Security and Prevention Coordinator", "Public Security Coordinator" or "Urban Security Coordinator" have emerged in local communities across Europe. However, these professionals do not have specific training in the field of crime prevention before taking on such positions, or more specifically they do not have enough knowledge on the European dimension of their work. There are few areas in public service with recognised qualifications at national level, and even fewer at European level. In addition, actors (not only institutional actors) who work on urban security and crime prevention are often not sufficiently trained to respond to new challenges, and to work in Partnership with actors from other fields in an integrated approach, which is essential to deal with the multidisciplinary, complexity and interdisciplinary of security challenges.
The Partnership has the goal to contribute in defining a capacity building framework at EU level on integrated security activities including skills and competences for different staff profiles dealing with urban security. Such staff profiles could belong to both urban authorities or other stakeholders. Such a scheme could work as a common standard to refer when defining various profiles at local level (i.e. the urban planner, the social assistant, the local police officer, the volunteer, the member of neighbourhood watch group etc...). The development of such a capacity building scheme on integrated urban security would help all operators that, in local urban contexts, have “to deal” with security from different points of view.
The implementation of this Action will entail the following steps:
- Define some pilot/testing profiles which will be discussed with the Partnership members based on needs at the local level;
- Testing Partners will select training targets based on the selection above. Subsequently, they will develop testing training curricula for target(s) of interest. In case of more Partners interested in the same target, the curricula will be developed jointly thus allowing a more coherent ex post evaluation;
- Share a common methodology to evaluate the training activities;
- Based on the analysis a short report should be prepared for each training in order to:
- Implement the pilot training by interested Partnership members;
- Produce an evaluation report including feedback actions;
- Develop/test results from pilots such as self-assessment tools to see the level of competences.
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- Introduction to the draft actions
- ACTION 1 – Developing a Framework for a Self-Assessment tool dedicated to Urban Authorities
- ACTION 2 – Recommendations on EU security strategy, multi-level governance and funding
- ACTION 3 – Evaluate the application of Artificial Intelligence technologies
- ACTION 5 – Measure the impact of social cohesion on security in public spaces
- ACTION 6 – Develop guidance for architectural and spatial design (security by design)
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- Partnerships on Security in Public Space and Culture / Cultural Heritage submit their draft Action Plans to Public Feedback
- Background paper (draft action plan) to the Public Feedback
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