European Crime Prevention Award and Best Practice Conference


The 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 theme is chosen by the Presidency of 
the EUCPN and is in line with the EU priorities.

Interested in participating?

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

Entries for the European Crime Prevention Award should be submitted through the National Representative of each Member State to the Secretariat. 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.

Winners #ECPA2021

The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) took place on 8 and 9 December 2021. The theme was bullying and violence among minors (both online and offline)



Winners #ECPA2020

The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) took place on 3 and 4 December 2020. The theme was family-based crime, view the presentations of the entries here.



Gold medal

The Greentown Project

An evidence-informed and design-led targeted community intervention to reduce the influence of criminal networks on children.



silver medal

The Netherlands
The ‘untouchables’ approach

Cooperation between justice, the municipality and care and service-providing partners to restore liveability in the neighbourhood, regain trust in the authorities and restore the authority of the government.


bronze medal

"The Initiative TICKAN and the Phase model” and "Unlawful Influence"

A multi-agency initiative to counter a family-based criminal network by working in line with the Phase model.


Winners #ECPA2019

The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) took place on 12 December 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. The theme was 'the reduction and prevention of drug-related crime and harm caused by drug abuse among young people'.

These are the winners:


Gold medal

Sofielund Approach


silver medal



bronze medal