"We continue to promote crime prevention knowledge and practices among the EU Member States."





EUCPN is the European Crime Prevention Network. The Network aims to connect local, national and European level and to promote crime prevention knowledge and practices among the EU Member States.

Our goals
  • 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 target groups
  • Practitioners and policymakers at local level
  • Practitioners and policymakers at national level
  • Relevant EU and international agencies, organisations, working groups, etc.



The EUCPN currently relies on the following funding sources:

  • Member States who fund projects of interest to the Network
  • EU financial programmes managed by the Commission (ISF Internal Security Fund - Police, Hercule III Programme 2014 – 2020, Daphne, Horizon 2020 etc.)

Regarding the EUCPN Secretariat: The Secretariat has been fully operational since 2011 and is a project supported by the Internal Security Fund (ISF) through the award of an action grant. Since the EUCPN has agreed to a better alignment with EU priorities, the ISF aims at improving the work of the EUCPN by reinforcing the Secretariat.


Organisational structure

The EUCPN is headed by a Board of National Representatives, which consists of a Chair, an Executive Committee and the National Representatives. The network is supported by a Secretariat and National Contact Points.
Each Member State can decide on one National Representative and one Substitute which they send to the meetings of the Network. The Board of National Representatives and their Substitutes is comprised of the voting members of the Network. They are responsible for the approval of the Network’s strategic approach, the realisation of the EUCPN Work Programme and the adoption of the Annual Report of the Network’s activities. They meet at least twice a year. The Chair rotates every six months according to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (see the order of rotation here) and is a Member from within the board itself. Together with the Chair, the Executive Committee prepares the strategy and decisions of the Network for approval by the Board. 6 Member States are represented in the Executive Committee: 2 National Representatives, selected by the Board for 18 months, and the National Representatives from the last, current and the next 2 Presidencies of the Council of the European Union. In addition, a representative of the European Commission is attending the Executive Committee and the Board Meetings as an observer.
The EUCPN Secretariat is based in Brussels. The task of the Secretariat is to provide general administrative, technical and analytical support to the Network and to represent the Network externally. It acts as a focal point for communication with the Network Members, identifies ongoing research activities in the field of crime prevention and other related information that would be of use to the Network. The Secretariat hosts the website and is also responsible for delivering systematic output on crime prevention (newsletters, toolboxes, recommendation papers, …). Through the Secretariat, the Network is collaborating with academic researchers and experts in the field bringing together scientific research, policymaking and (local) practice.


The Chair


EUCPN Chair until 30 June 2019

Director of the Crime Research and Prevention Institute
Phone: 0040743164849
E-mail for EUCPN matters: EUCPN-ChairRO@politiaromana.ro
More information on the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union




In the area of crime prevention, Romania will focus on preventing victimization of minors – online and offline. Nowadays children, from a younger age, spend more time online. Thus, in addition to its advantages, the internet poses great threats to children. As the Presidency, Romania has set the goal of tackling online and offline threats to children’s safety, by promoting a new model of crime prevention for the future and a new concept of policing in this field – Police of the Future.

Our staff

From left
Vincent Lauwers, policy officer for the Administrative Approach
Chadia Dehbi, research officer
Katrijn Hoedemakers, communication officer
Dorien Stevens, policy and practice officer
Febe Liagre, strategy and policy officer
Glenn Asselman, administrative officer
Jorne Vanhee, research officer
Cindy Verleysen, research officer