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European Crime Prevention Award and Best Practice Conference

European Crime Prevention Award and Best Practice Conference

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. The nominated projects are presented each year during the Best Practice Conference.

The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) took place between 4-6 December 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The theme was 'Community  Policing'. Community  Policing is  an  important  method  to  increase  safety  and  security  both objectively and subjectively – what is your best initiative to build up cooperation with your partners in terms of Community Policing?


Entries for the European Crime Prevention Award should be submitted through the National Representative of each Member State to the Secretariat, the deadline is 30 September 2018. Please be aware that different (shorter) deadlines can apply within individual Member States. Please contact the National Representative of your Member State for further details.

For any further information, please contact the EUCPN Secretariat.

Participation in 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, for example: 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. The persons entering the projects do not need to have participated in the projects themselves. It is entirely possible that the initiative of a third party is brought to the attention of the jury. Each participating country may enter one project for consideration under the European Crime Prevention Award scheme. It is up to each participating country to decide how to select projects for consideration under the scheme.
There are some binding criteria:

  • The project shall focus on prevention and/or reduction of everyday crime and fear of crime within the specified theme
  • The project shall have been evaluated and have achieved most or all of its objectives
  • The project shall, as far as possible, be innovative, involving new methods or new approaches
  • The project shall be based on co-operation between partners, where possible
  • The project shall be capable of replication by organisations and groups in other Member States


Winner of the ECPA 2018 on the topic 'community policing' was Finland with their project "The Forssa approach: mediation of polarisation and intergroup conflict".