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.