The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC)

14 Dec 2017 to 15 Dec 2017

The Estonian Ministries of Justice and Interior are taking over the Presidency of European Crime Prevention Network ( in July 2017.


The highlight of the EUCPN year is the Best Practice Conference (BPC) for sharing and disseminating experience and knowledge of best practices in preventing crime and increasing safety and security in EU Member States. The best three practices will be awarded (in total 20 000 euros).


Focus on the 'Cyber Safety'

The theme for the 2017 conference and call for project proposals is 'Cyber Safety'. We aim to to focus on the cyber safety in a broader sense. We mean maintaining cyber hygien/ - safety in the communities by

  1. combating organised forms of cybercrimes (link to the EU Policy Cycle priorities)
  2. raising awareness, incl. of threats caused by the usage of internet and of smart devices by community members and common people.


The events will be organised by Estonia, namely

  • the 2-day conference (14.-15.12.2017),
  • the public lecture (afternoon of 13.12.2017),
  • the awards ceremony (evening of 14.12.2017).



First day of the conference is dedicated to the overview of the best practice projects from Europe, which are nominated to the European Crime Prevention Awards (usually around 19-23 projects).

The second day consist of experts panel discussion and conclusions from the first day. The preliminary time allocated for panel is around 1 hour for 4 specialists, incl. short presentations by the panelists and discussion.

We aim to have the panelists to share their experiences of their work from EU institutions (f. ex Europol), social media representatives (f. ex we have contacted Facebook team handling law enforcement data requests) and Estonian colleagues (f. ex we have contacted experts from Police and Information System Authority). The moderator of the panel discussion will be Maarja Punak from the Police, one of the Estonian web constables. 


Public lecture

Keynote speeches (1-2) will be delivered in a separate event on the afternoon of 13.12 in the form of a public lecture to all the interested counterparts, incl. all the international/national guests attending the conference, students from different universities in Tallinn and also specialists and practitioners working on the field in Estonia and also in EU.

The preliminary time allocated for one presentation is around 45 minutes to an 1 hour, incl. time for the discussion and questions from the audience (15-20 min).

We have contacted professor Alisdair Gillespie (Lancaster University).


For more information, please contact the EUCPN Secretariat at


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