Toolbox 14 - Community-Oriented Policing in the European Union Today

This toolbox is a joint European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN)/European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) publication and differs from other available handbooks on community-oriented policing (COP). It describes a number of recent good practices from EU Member States with regard to COP. The objective of this toolbox is to support policymakers and practitioners, in particular police chiefs and senior management within police organisations, in achieving a successful COP strategy. Through an analysis of the current literature and in-depth discussions with experts in the field, we have identified important factors for the successful implementation of COP. We have used scientific insights and experiences in the field to draw up clear and easily understandable guidelines, in the form of 10 key principles.

Discover our 10 key principles for a succesful implementation


Policy paper - Community-oriented policing in the European Union

In this policy paper we will investigate the various policy and legislative measures on Community-Oriented Policing taken by the EU Member States.
This policy paper first looks into the EU policy on COP. After discussing the reasons to implement COP in the different MS, it presents an overview of the methods MS use to implement COP. Chapter five formulates how COP officers engage with minorities. Finally, chapter six gives a brief overview of how the six pillars of COP are implemented in the national COP strategies.

Read the paper



Together with the European countries we have launched a prevention campaign on trafficking in human beings on 17 October 2019, a day before the EU Anti-Trafficking Day. 
Our main goals are to step up the fight against this crime by informing:

  • (potential) victims that they could be or become a victim of THB
  • victims of THB where they can find help, protection and information
  • victims of THB that they have EU-wide rights: Assistance & support, Protection, Compensation, Human & labour rights, Reflection period & Residence rights and Reintegration

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Questionnaire on the evaluation of a crime prevention initiative

We, in association with the Mid Sweden University (MIUN), are conducting a research to assess the experiences of the European Member States performing evaluations in activities aimed at crime prevention. The aim is to gain insight into existing practices as well as into characteristics of those activities that might not have been evaluated.
The research has the objective to reach as many crime prevention initiatives as possible, including those that were well-funded, received great publicity and perhaps targeted a vast population, but also other actions of smaller magnitude, with smaller budgets and more limited aims that probably were not evaluated. Only if it is guaranteed the access to all type of crime prevention activities, carried out by different authorities and institutions within each country, it will be possible design successful, supportive strategies that may serve us all. Recommendations and best practices will be formulated using the body of evidence established via inquiry.

Therefore the university is now recruiting participants in EU countries who were responsible for or part of the team that designed, executed or evaluated a crime prevention initiative. Participants are invited to answer an online questionnaire, available in 22 languages, through this link
The research team would be grateful if you, who have had an active role in a crime prevention , answer the questionnaire. Likewise, it would be of great help if you spread the information to people in your network that may serve as participants. More information about the project and the researchers is available on MIUN's webpage.



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?

These are the winners:

  Gold medal

The Forssa approach: mediation of polarisation and inter-group conflicts 

silver medal

Šiauliai District Discovers a Security Formula

  bronze medal


My neighbour is the policeman!