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The last few months have presented a variety of challenges that we could never have foreseen when starting the CCI project back in October 2018. Face masks have become ubiquitous and 'social distancing' the norm across the world, and as a result we have changed the way we work.
Fortunately, by pulling together we continue to deliver the project with the same vigour as before. The benefit of this will become clear in our next issue, but for now our CCI partners continue to work on the four Focus Areas of the CCI project.
Predictive policing
Community policing
Crime Prevention through Urban Design and Planning (CP-UDP)
Crime Prevention through Urban Design and Planning
Measuring and mitigating citizens’ feelings of insecurity
Measuring and mitigating citizens’ feelings of insecurity
Following an excellent mid-term review by the EU Commission, our partner law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have continued undertaking design and prototyping activities in order to support development of the Tools in each of their Focus Areas.
We are now moving to the Demonstration phase of the project, in which the Tools created will be practically demonstrated (i.e. used) by the end users for whom they were designed.
You can view public deliverables from the project via CORDIS.
We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and continue to follow CCI on our journey throughout the project.
Best wishes,
The CCI Consortium
About the Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) Project
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The CCI project addresses high impact ‘petty crime.’ This is defined as non-organised crime taking place against people or property in towns and cities. This type of crime has a significant negative impact on European citizens’ quality of life, community cohesion and the safety and security of the urban environment. Those living in deprived neighbourhoods and vulnerable groups are often the most seriously affected.
The CCI project seeks to support Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and security policymakers in adopting a preventative, evidence-based and sustainable approach to tackling high-impact petty crime.
Estonian Police plans for reducing crime in urban spaces
Author: Dorel Hiir, Estonian Police and Border Guard (PJP)
The Estonian Police and Border Guard (PJP) is one of six Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) receiving support from the CCI project to develop a practical toolkit. We focus on CP-UDP.
By participating in the CCI project, we have been given the support of numerous experts, which has not only helped us increase our knowledge, but has ultimately led to the development of a toolkit that meets the Estonian Police authority’s needs…
Full article available HERE.
Should police use algorithms?
Authors: Dr Oskar J. Gstrein and Dr Andrej Zwitter, RUG (University of Groningen, Campus Fryslân, Governance and Innovation)
One of the four Focus Areas of CCI is Predictive Policing (PP). This can be defined as ‘the collection and analysis of data about previous crimes for identification and statistical prediction of individuals or geospatial areas with an increased probability of criminal activity to help develop policing intervention and prevention strategies and tactics’ (Meijer & Wessels, 2019, p. 1033). While this algorithm-based application of automated decision-making is relatively new, there is considerable debate about its usefulness, fairness, legitimacy and effectiveness (Richardson et al, 2019)…
Full article available HERE.
CCI Webinar Series by DPT-I
Author: Margo Molkenbur (née Krenz), DPT
Online events and online seminars are no longer novelties. The Covid-19 pandemic has given a particularly strong boost to digitalisation making online events an indispensable format. We are in a time when working from home has become the norm, a time when social and economic lockdown exists and when all face-to-face events are cancelled. Due to the international orientation of the Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) project and the international CCI consortium, regular online meetings are a matter of course for us.
Therefore, it was clear to us that the communication of our exciting project and the dissemination of the project results should be spread both on-site - locally with our target groups - and online across as many countries and continents as possible. Therefore, DPT-I is offering a series of online seminars in which the project results will be presented and discussed with a broad international audience...
Full article available HERE.
The Efus Safety Audit Guide: How the CCI Project has helped in adapting the guide to new challenges in Urban Security
Author: Pauline Lesch, Efus
Gaining a clear picture of the security situation in a city is a crucial prerequisite to the development and implementation of effective security policies. This requires that perceptions of security held by different demographic groups are properly understood and considered. The European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) has long promoted the importance of regional authorities adopting such an evidence-based approach — a consideration reflected in a number of the Forum’s publications and projects.
The 2008 Efus publication "Guidance on Local Safety Audits: A Compendium of International Practice", first outlined the Forum’s ambition to systematise evidence-based information collection in its projects and in the support it offers to its member cities. As a follow-up to the 2008 Compendium, and a reflection of the evolution of methodologies and focus areas during the previous decade, in 2016 Efus published Methods and Tools for a Strategic Approach to Urban Security. This publication embeds the Safety Audit within a larger conceptual framework — The Strategic Approach to Urban Security…
Full article available HERE.
Interesting reads

The changing shape of crime in the COVID-19 pandemic

Policy Report | Preventing Violent Extremism – Current Debates in Europe"

COPKIT’s Secure Test Lab – A test platform for research evaluation on security data

Predictive Policing — Continue, drop or redesign?

Research Article | A field experiment on community policing and police legitimacy Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union (Grant Agreement nº 787100) email.