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 EUCPN Secretariat. The next call for projects was launched on 3 July 2023. 



The Spanish Presidency of the EUCPN will focus on the trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation and other kinds of exploitation.

Human trafficking can be considered as the contemporary form of slavery of the 21st century, which constitutes a serious violation of the dignity and freedom of the person and a form of serious crime. Moreover, it is important to highlight that specific groups, such as vulnerable people, especially women, children and men in delicate physical or economic conditions, are the main targets of this type of criminality.
For all of the above reasons, it is claimed that the fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation requires a consolidated, cross-border and multi-disciplinary effort by different authorities, and the Spanish National Police’s  Illegal Immigration Network and False Document Unit (UCRIF) coordinates this involvement at national law enforcement level, collaborating with the European Labour Authority in joint inspections.

Each Member State can submit one project that addresses preventing trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation and other kinds of exploitation to compete in the ECPA contest. 

We kindly ask you to send the projects for the ECPA in English to the EUCPN Secretariat, through the National Representatives of the EUCPN. Each EU Member State may submit one entree. The deadline to submit the projects is 29 September 2023. The Best Practice Conference, where all national entries will be presented and the winner announced, will take place on 13 and 14 December 2023 in Valencia, Spain. More info



The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) took place on 8 and 9 December 2022. The theme is working with a particularly vulnerable crime victim.

ECPA winners

Discover the winners:




The aim of the BPC-ECPA 2022 was to exchange experiences and good practices, most importantly in the areas of early identification of victims of crime (especially those particularly vulnerable ), prevention of their secondary victimization and re-victimization and how to increase motivation to report crimes and thus to reduce the latency of crime. This can be achieved, inter alia, by improving the communication skills of law enforcement authorities (mostly, but not only, the police), increasing pro-client access to crime victims, witnesses and persons reporting crime. We can achieve our goal also by increasing trust in working with victims, by using new methodologies for identifying victims and for working with particularly vulnerable victims, and last but not least by raising legal awareness of risk groups (e.g. seniors), etc.