What does EUCPN do?

  • Identify good practices & share knowledge and experience gained between member countries
  • Accumulate and evaluate information on crime prevention activities
  • Improve the exchange of ideas and information within the Network
  • Develop contacts and facilitate cooperation between Member States
  • Contribute to developing local and national strategies on crime prevention
  • Promote crime prevention activities by organising meetings, seminars and conferences.



The EUCPN consists of a Board of National Representatives and their Substitutes supported by a Secretariat comprising of a Coordinator, a Policy & Practice Officer, Research Officer, Communication Officer and an Administrative Officer. The position of the Board Chair rotates every six months.

Anu Leps

EUCPN Chair until 31 December 2017

Ministry of Justice of Estonia
Phone: +372 620 8117
GSM: +372 51 35 955
E-mail for EUCPN matters: ee17eucpn@just.ee
More information on the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.



Estonia aims to focus on the reduction and prevention of cybercrimes in the communities, which is in line with EU Policy Cycle priorities to combat cybercrimes committed by organized crime groups and generating large criminal profits.
The Estonian Presidency has the honour to organize exchange of crime prevention best practices around the EU under the auspice of European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA). ECPA has been since the start of the EUCPN one of the essential events and in 2017, it reaches the important milestone of the 20th anniversary.
The call for ECPA projects of the member states on the theme of Cyber Safety will be announced in July 2017 and the date for submitting the project applications will be in October 2017.
The ongoing EU Trio Presidency of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria will continue implementation of the conclusions and recommendations of the Evaluation report of the EUCPN and the Multi Annual Strategy 2016–2020. Trio will focus on improving the safety in communities, which are targeted by organized crime among other volume crimes.
Estonian presidency intends to focus on improving functionality and visibility of EUCPN and its cooperation with stakeholders.
Estonian Presidency events for the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN)
  • 14 November 2017, EUCPN Executive Committee first meeting, Chancellor of Justice Office (Kohtu 8, Tallinn)
  • 15-16 November 2017, European Crime Prevention Awards (ECPA) Jury meeting, Ministry of Interior (Pikk 61, Tallinn)
  • 12 December 2017, EUCPN Executive Committee second meeting, Ministry of Justice (Suur-Ameerika 1, Tallinn)
  • 13 December 2017, EUCPN Board meeting, Ministry of Justice (Suur-Ameerika 1, Tallinn)
  • 13 December 2017, Public lecture related to Best Practice Conference (BPC), Balti Film and Media School (Narva mnt 27, Tallinn)
  • 14-15 December 2017, Best Practice Conference (BPC), KUMU Art Museum (Weizenbergi 34/ Valge 1, Tallinn)
  • 14 December 2017, European Crime Prevention Awards (ECPA) Ceremony, Seaplane Harbour (Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn)


The EUCPN Board comprises an Executive Committee, voting members and non-voting observers. The Board meets at least twice a year. The voting members of the Board are responsible for decision making.


Best Practice Conference and European Crime Prevention Award

One of the EUCPN's main tasks is to arrange an annual conference for sharing and disseminating experience and knowledge of best practices in preventing crime and increasing safety and security in EU Member States.

In 2017 the conference will take place from 14-15 December 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) is a contest which aims to reward the best European crime prevention project. The nominated projects are presented each year during the Best Practice Conference. The theme for the 2017 ECPA and BPC will be 'Cyber Safety'.

Winner of the ECPA 2016 on the topic 'Organized crime' with a special focus on 'Prevention of crimes committed on elderly people' was the Czech Republic with their project "Senior Academy".


The Secretariat, located in Belgium, provides administrative, academic and technical support to the Network as a whole as well as specific support services to the Chair and Executive Committee.

The Secretariat periodically releases it's own documents, such as the 'Toolbox', etc.

INCREASING THE PREVENTIVE ASPECTS OF THE POLICY CYCLE - EUCPN speech at the Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) -

10 July 2017

The EUCPN presented their views at COSI on the new Policy Cycle for organised and serious international crime for the period 2018-2021. The EUCPN believes that prevention should get more attention in this Policy Cycle in order to make it truly multidisciplinary in its approach. Read the full speech which was given at COSI on the 20th of June here.

EUCPN Thematic Paper no. 10 - Organised Crime Targeting Elderly People

05 May 2017

The tenth thematic paper in the series published by the EUCPN Secretariat focuses on the theme of Organised Crime Targeting Elderly People.

EUCPN publications 2016

28 March 2017

A summary of all EUCPN publications in 2016.

EUCPN Partners

EUCPN cooperates with many partner organisations all over the world to provide the most up-to-date information. Here is a selection of our partners. A list of all partners can be found under Useful links.