EUCPN organises an annual Conference for sharing and disseminating experience and knowledge of Best Practices in preventing crime and increasing safety and security in the EU Member States (BPC). At the same time the European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) is also handed out. The ECPA is a contest that rewards the best European crime prevention project. Participation in the ECPA is open to any project, initiative or package of measures. An objective of the project must be to reduce crime and the fear of crime within the specified theme. Entries can originate from every EU Member States and for example be local authorities, the police, educational institutions, community groups, sports clubs, youth organisations, business community, probation service, neighbourhood watch schemes, parish councils, public transport operators, voluntary organisations/groups etc.
EUCPN is the European Crime Prevention Network and was set up by the Decision of the Council of the European Union in 2001. We aim to connect local, national and European level and to promote crime prevention knowledge and good practices among the EU Member States. We also deliver systematic output on crime prevention (theoretical papers, practical toolboxes, recommendation papers, monitors, newsletters …). Every six months we work on a different theme in accordance with the EU priorities. The theme is selected by our Presidency, which follows the rotation of the Presidency of the Council.
• To be a point of reference for the target groups of the Network
• To disseminate qualitative knowledge on crime prevention
• To support crime prevention activities at national and local level
• To contribute to the EU policy and strategy of crime prevention and to take part in various aspects of crime prevention with respect to the strategic priorities of the EU
Our Network consists of all Member States of the European Union. Each Member State can decide on one National Representative and one Substitute which they send to our meetings. They work for the police, home affairs, justice department, national prevention councils… , it depends where crime prevention is situated in the policy of the Member State. Our target groups are practitioners and policymakers at local level, practitioners and policymakers at national level and relevant EU and international agencies, organisations, working groups, etc.