#SDC24

Under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Local, national and European elected representatives, field practitioners and academics will discuss some 20 topics that reflect the day-to-day reality of cities in terms of urban security and crime prevention.

3 days of varied content: plenary sessions, thematic sessions, how-to sessions, field visits, pitch sessions, mayors' panels, networking...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Opening session
14:00 - 14:45
Opening session

Speakers

- Sophie Lavaux, Governor of the Brussels Conurbation, and Director General of safe.brussels
- Willy Demeyer, Mayor of Liège (Belgium), President of Efus
- Fabrice Cumps, Mayor of Anderlecht (Belgium)

- Jan Olbrycht, President of the Urban Intergroup, European Parliament
- Joan Ignaci Elena, Minister of the Interior, Government of Catalonia (Spain)

Auditorium
14:00-14:45
EN / FR / NL / ES

Plenary session - Global drug trafficking, impacts and responses at the local level
14:45 - 16:00
Plenary session - Global drug trafficking, impacts and responses at the local level

European cities are directly affected by drug trafficking, a profitable, agile and adaptable 'big business' equivalent in value to 1% of total world trade. In addition to the direct consequences on users' health, drug trafficking also triggers security challenges on the streets and affects the local economy, as in the case of port cities used as logistical and financial platforms by organised crime. The recent boom in synthetic drugs and opioids presents European cities with an additional challenge.

How can we respond locally to a phenomenon that is by nature transnational? How can local, national and international responses be better coordinated? How can prevention be integrated into strategies, particularly at the local level, as a complement to the repression of trafficking, in order to tackle the root causes and ensure long-term success?

Speakers

- Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Vice-President of Efus
- Ine Van Wymersch, National Commissioner for Drugs (Belgium)
- Alexis Goosdeel, Director, EMCDDA

Auditorium
14:45-16:00
EN / FR / NL / ES

Coffee break - Stand inauguration
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee break - Stand inauguration

Thematic session - Polarisation and prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism
16:30 - 18:00
Thematic session - Polarisation and prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism

- How can we identify and analyse the risks of individual pathways leading to violent extremism within communities, while respecting human rights and within the means available to municipalities?
- Against a backdrop of global crises and conflicts that are accentuating community polarisation, should the local approaches to preventing violent extremism that have been in place for the past 10 years (following cases of people leaving for Syria) be adapted?
- How can we ensure comprehensive monitoring of cases of violent radicalisation in the long term, and organise the reintegration of returnees and their families?
- How can we deal with the digital and virtual nature of the recruitment campaigns launched by violent extremist groups? Are cities well equipped to deal with the virtual tools used by extremist and violent influencers? Should we invest in new areas of prevention on gaming platforms?

Speakers

- Valerio De Divitiis, Programme Coordinator, United Nations Office on Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)
- Götz Nordbruch, Head of Peace Education, Berghof Foundation (Germany)
- Eric Rosand, Executive Director, Strong Cities
- Olivier Vanderhaeghen, Director, Public Centre for Social Action, Municipality of Molenbeek (Belgium)

Auditorium
16:30 - 18:00
EN / FR / NL / ES

Thematic session - Drugs and harm reduction
16:30 - 18:00
Thematic session - Drugs and harm reduction

- Faced with the development of open scenes for the consumption of crack cocaine and other types of drugs consumed in public spaces, how can we provide a local response, based on a local prevention and harm reduction strategy that balances security and public health objectives? How can we support smaller towns affected by this phenomenon and less prepared to deal with it?
- How can we intervene locally, and often in an emergency, to deal with people with a dual diagnosis (drug users with mental health problems) who are increasingly present on the streets or in public transport?
- Faced with the challenges of coordinating the various local social services for mental health, addiction treatment, housing and harm reduction within local authorities, how can we organise follow-up between first-line emergency responses and second-line socio-medical services that are sometimes overwhelmed?
- Communicating about harm reduction measures concerning drugs: a democratic challenge that requires training elected representatives, and organising public awareness campaigns on the purpose and impact of local strategies on living together.

Speakers

- Marie Jauffret-Roustide, Researcher and sociologist, INSERM - National Institute of Health and Medical Research (France)
- Laurent Maisse, Deputy Director, Transit ASBL (Belgium)
- Arianna Rogialli, Project and Policy Support Officer, Correlation-European Harm Reduction Network (C-EHRN)
- Nadia Zourgui, Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg in charge of public tranquility, municipal police, crime prevention, mediation, victim support and crisis management (France)

Studio
16:30-18:00
EN / FR

Thematic session - Large sporting events and violence
16:30 - 18:00
Thematic session - Large sporting events and violence

- Is it still possible to organise sporting events without violence?
- How can we deal with recent and recurring cases of racism and violence at major sporting events?
- Should the hooliganism prevention measures developed over the past 25 years be re-evaluated, expanded on and reinforced?
- How can we prevent the development of new risks by integrating the use of technologies and video surveillance (AI, algorithms)?
- How can we coordinate with private security? How should costs be distributed?

Speakers

- Manuel Comeron, Violence Prevention Coordinator, City of Liège (Belgium)
- Julie Escudier, Vice-President of Toulouse Métropole (France), Vice-President of the French Forum for Urban Security (FFSU)
- Catherine Moyon De Baecque, President, Commission against sexual violence and discrimination in sport of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF)

Aquarium
16:30-18:00
EN / FR

How To Session - How to develop a local nightlife strategy: A guide to nightlife governance
16:30 - 18:00
How To Session - How to develop a local nightlife strategy: A guide to nightlife governance

Session co-organised with Plateforme de la Vie Nocturne

- Cohabitation of nightlife and public tranquility: how can we develop a concerted, comprehensive nightlife strategy covering all the city's functions at night (mobility, spatial planning and animation, health and RDR, human rights, etc.)?
- Analysis of feelings of insecurity at night: the gender issue - inequalities in night-time use - the need to produce surveys to objectivize the realities felt by the public and adapt responses
- Consideration of environmental issues and the impact of climate change on the use of public spaces at night (consultation on maintaining public lighting, use of green spaces during heatwaves, etc.).
- Risky behavior at night: supporting night owls in their festive practices, "care" prevention and harm reduction measures in festive environments
- Adapt the presence of public services at night (mediation, police, health and social associations) according to the difficulties and ensure cooperation.

Speakers

- Patrick Bontinck - CEO, visit.brussels (Belgium)
- Mark Burton-Page - Managing Director, LUCI Association (France)
- Thierry Charlois - Night Policy Project Manager, City of Paris (France)
- Matilde Madrid - Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Bologna (Italy)
- Denis Tallédec - Councillor for Youth and Prevention, City of Nantes (France)

R3
16:30-18:00

Welcome cocktail - Hôtel de Ville de Saint-Gilles
18:30 - 20:00
Welcome cocktail - Hôtel de Ville de Saint-Gilles

In the presence of Jean Spinette, Mayor of Saint-Gilles

Saint-Gilles Town Hall
39 Pl. Maurice van Meenen, 1060 Saint-Gilles

Thursday, March 21, 2024
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Plenary session
09:00 - 09:30
Plenary session

Auditorium
09:00-09:30
EN / FR / NL / ES

Thematic session - Prevention models for cities
09:30 - 11:00
Thematic session - Prevention models for cities

Session co-organised with Peace in Our Cities


- Developing evaluation practices for prevention and safety programmes based on integrated data collection (between levels of authority) that can be used concretely in project management by field teams and to support communication from elected representatives to local populations on the impact of implemented programmes
- How can we put the cursor back on the importance of a prevention policy, and put a figure on the costs of repressive measures versus investment in preventive measures to manage insecurity at the local level?
- Integrate AI into our audits and monitoring of prevention programmes as an opportunity to streamline our means of analysis
- How can we encourage co-production in evaluation and involve citizens and civil society in the broadest sense (local organisations, human rights groups...) in the management of prevention strategies?
- How can we encourage co-production and involve citizens?
- How can we change the urban security paradigm to give priority to prevention? What practical methods can be used to rethink the approach?

Speakers

- Enrique Betancourt - Director, Citizen Safety Initiative, Chemonics International
- Alfredo Malaret Baldo - Urban Violence Program Manager, Peace in Our Cities
- Per-Erik Ebbeståhl, Director, City Office for Safety and Security, City of Malmö (Sweden)
- Sara Rose Serin-Christ - Program planner for responses to gender-based violence, Department of Violence Prevention, City of Oakland (USA)
- Werner Van Herle - Head of Prevention and Public Safety, City of Mechelen (Belgium)

Auditorium
09:30-11:00
EN / FR / NL / ES

Thematic session - Local police and cities
09:30 - 11:00
Thematic session - Local police and cities

A new European network of local police forces has been set up at the initiative of the City of Nice to exchange views on the development of local police forces in Europe, the opportunity to highlight their citizen-focused doctrine, and to develop training and exchanges of civil servants at European level.

- How can police-population relations (and young people in particular) be pacified in a tense context of social crisis, post-Covid and regular riots where the police themselves are "laying down their arms"?
- Are current police doctrines in Europe suited to the challenges of democracy and social peace in the face of growing international tension and crime? Which missions and powers should remain at the local level? What is the minimum number of police officers needed in a given area?
- Should the professional profile of police officers be reviewed in light of the complexity of criminal phenomena and the evolution of our multicultural society?
- How can we attract candidates to the police force, given the often-deficient organisational framework? How can we ensure that training is adapted to urban realities?
- How can we involve local communities in the evaluation of police action?

Speakers

- Benoît Blanpain, Director of Operations, Brussels North Police (Belgium)
- Anthony Borré, Deputy Mayor of Nice (France)
- José Figueira, Police Commander, Lisbon Municipal Police (Portugal)
- Véronique Ketelaer, Expert of the City of Brussels, European Forum for Urban Security (Efus)
- Pablo Enrique Rodriguez Perez, Director General, Madrid Municipal Police (Spain)
- Sarah Van Praet, Researcher, National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (INCC) and Lecturer, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (Belgium)

Studio
09:30-11:00
EN / FR

Thematic session - Mental health in public space
09:30 - 11:00
Thematic session - Mental health in public space

- Responding to emergency mental health problems encountered on the streets by police and social services, and which overload police dispatchers.
- Providing specific responses to the mental health problems and angst of young people, which have worsened since the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Take into account the impact of the (violent) environment in certain neighbourhoods on residents' mental health
- Respond to cases of "dual diagnosis" of people suffering from both mental health problems and addictions
- Organise effective coordination between first- and second-line help and assistance services: ensure quality first-line services, while making sure that second-line services are available for care. Dealing with the complexities of holistic care for people in an often fragmented institutional sector.

- Train caregivers to provide safe, quality care and referrals to appropriate services.

Speakers

- David Mourgues, Anthropologist and departmental mental health coordinator, Lot-et-Garonne Department (France)
- Chris Vandenhaute, First Inspector, Team Herscham, Police Bruxelles Capitale-Ixelles (Belgium)
- Julia von Lindern, Director, Housing First Germany (Germany)

Aquarium
09:30-11:00
EN / FR

How To session - How are cities fighting cybercrime and what are their roles?
09:30 - 11:00
How To session - How are cities fighting cybercrime and what are their roles?

Speakers

- Luca Cox, Policy Advisor, Security Department, City of Rotterdam (Netherlands)

R3
09:30-11:00

Coffee break - Networking
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break - Networking

Thematic session - Technology and AI: Opportunities and threats
11:30 - 13:00
Thematic session - Technology and AI: Opportunities and threats

- Supporting the use of AI within local authorities by evaluating its opportunities and anticipating the risks of its use in administrations
- How to verify the information generated by AI? With what tools?
- Train civil servants to use AI safely
- Taking into account the impact of AI on the profile of security professions: adapting their knowledge and skills
- What kind of digital governance model?
> A fine line between the use of technology for crime prevention and control/surveillance
> In criminal policing, how can we avoid a deterministic approach to crime prediction?
> How can we develop interoperability between security partners and data exchange between administrations?
>> Avoid increasing social inequalities as local public services become increasingly digitalised, particularly for the most vulnerable and digitally marginalised populations.
>> Develop a partnership approach (PPP) with the private sector for technology.

Speakers

- Rachel Finn, Head of Irish Operations, Trilateral Research (Ireland)
- Daniel Gatica-Perez, Head of Social Computing Group, IDIAP Research Institute and EPFL (Switzerland)
- Aleksi Kopponen, Director of Digital Transformation, City of Tampere (Finland)
- Dr. Volker Proffen, Deputy Mayor, City of Mannheim (Germany)

11:30-13:00
Auditorium
EN / FR / NL / ES

Thematic session - Sexual and sexist violence
11:30 - 13:00
Thematic session - Sexual and sexist violence

- How can we improve the detection of sexist and sexual violence, particularly within the family? How can we protect victims?
- How can we strengthen collaboration between people with different missions (police, social workers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, etc.) to provide better care for victims and perpetrators?
- Train those involved, particularly police officers, in how to receive victims, in the specific nature of such violence (cycle of violence, types of violence - psychological, physical, virtual, economic, etc.) and in a holistic, partnership-based approach to victims.
- Develop prevention for minors, by ensuring that child victims are received, cared for and monitored, in addition to developing primary and secondary prevention for younger children, to help them manage frustrations and conflicts without violence.

Speakers

- Maite Casado Cadarso, Head of Safety and Prevention, City of Barcelona (Spain)
- Benoît Du Champs, Inspector, Emergency Victim Assistance (EVA), Police de Bruxelles-Capitale Ixelles (Belgium)
- Clémentine Ebert, Lawyer and co-founder, Casa Legal (Belgium)
- Jana Niederstrasser, Project and Network Coordinator, Istanbul Convention and Prostitution - Office for Municipal Prevention, City of Augsburg (Germany)
- Caroline Reverso-Meinietti, Director of Crime Prevention, City of Nice (France)

Studio
11:30-13:00
EN / FR

Thematic session - Crime prevention professions
11:30 - 13:00
Thematic session - Crime prevention professions

Speakers
- Marc Coester, Professor of Criminology, Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany)
- Christof Mann, Head of Social Affairs, City of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
- Isabelle Martinez, Crime Prevention Officer, Toulouse Métropole (France)
- Catherine Van der Straeten, Head of Logistics Department, Rivierenland Police (Belgium)

Aquarium
11:30-13:00
EN / FR

Session How To - How can the administrative approach be used to reduce the impact of organized crime at local level?
11:30 - 13:00
Session How To - How can the administrative approach be used to reduce the impact of organized crime at local level?

Speakers
- Anneleen Van Cauwenberge, National Referent for Belgium, European Network on the Administrative Approach (ENAA) (Netherlands)
- Robert Valkhoff, Team Leader Public Order and Security, City of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

R3
11:30-13:00

Lunch - networking
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch - networking

13:00-14:30
Grand Hall

Thematic session - Collective youth violence and urban gangs
14:30 - 16:00
Thematic session - Collective youth violence and urban gangs

- How to prevent fights and violent conflicts between rival gangs and between neighbourhoods? How can we monitor sensitive areas to anticipate riots/tensions in neighbourhoods?
- How can we work in partnership, while respecting the professional secrecy of the various socio-preventive players, the police and the public prosecutor's department?
- Collective violence that transcends local borders and riots that are replicated following foreign events require cooperation and coordination with other levels of government (regional, national) for a coordinated response. How can we take action in an integrated and comprehensive way to calm neighbourhoods?

Speakers
- Mónica Diniz, Head of Prevention, Security and International Relations, City of Lisbon (Portugal)
- Kai Brand-Jacobsen, President, Romanian Institute for Peace - PATRIR
- Marwan Mohammed, Sociologist, National Centre for Scientific Research - CNRS (France)
- Nicolas Nordman, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of prevention, victim support, security and municipal police, City of Paris (France)
- William Wikström, Project Manager, Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention - Brå (Sweden)

Auditorium
14:30-16:00
EN / FR / NL / ES

Thematic session - Discriminatory violence
14:30 - 16:00
Thematic session - Discriminatory violence

- Cases of violence linked to discrimination against minorities (LGBTQIA+ and other ethnic minorities, age groups, etc.) are still poorly identified and analysed. How can we encourage them to be reported and taken into account in cases of violence recorded by the police and public prosecutors?
- How can we ensure that victims of discriminatory violence are received and taken care of throughout the complaint process? How can we reach out to these often invisible groups?
- Raise awareness among local elected representatives and train front-line workers to take discriminatory violence into account in their practices.
- How can we tackle discrimination against minorities without reinforcing polarisation?
- How can we combat ethnic profiling in the police?

Speakers

- Patrick Charlier, Director, Interfederal Center for Equal Opportunities - Unia (Belgium)
- Dorien Deketele, Project Manager, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- Aline Distexhe, Analyst, safe.brussels (Belgium)
- Xavier Scotto di Tella, Councillor for Public Safety and Mobility, City of Dénia (Spain)

Studio
14:30-16:00
EN / FR

Thematic session - Cities and justice
14:30 - 16:00
Thematic session - Cities and justice

Session co-organised with EFRJ - European Forum for Restorative Justice

- Is local justice still a reality in our towns and cities? How can we contribute to a better understanding of the judicial, administrative and/or civil procedures that affect citizens? How can we better support citizens in the face of justice that is often misunderstood and carried out in a time-deferred reality?
- Train prevention professionals and community volunteers in the culture of mediation, so that they are better equipped to deal with interpersonal conflicts and help de-escalate and resolve conflicts.
- How can we improve collaboration between the justice system, the police, local authorities and the voluntary sector in the context of restorative justice at the local level?
- How, and by mobilising what resources, can towns contribute to the reintegration of ex-prisoners? Since repeat offences are more likely to occur within the first few months of release (31% of those released from prison reoffend within 12 months), it is essential to prepare ex-prisoners for their release, and this is a key issue for the municipalities where they will be residing and reintegrating.

Speakers

- Dr. Ivo Aertsen - Professor, Institute of Criminology, KU Leuven (Belgium)
- Emanuela Biffi - Program Coordinator, European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ)
- Lucrezia Perrella - Doctoral Candidate and Research Associate, University of Sassari, Sardinia (Italy)
- Bart Wauters - Coordinator, Arktos vzw - Province of Flemish Brabant and Brussels (Belgium)

Aquarium
14:30-16:00
EN / FR

How To Session - How to apply an innovative approach to solve urban security challenges
14:30 - 16:00
How To Session - How to apply an innovative approach to solve urban security challenges

For over three years, the IcARUS project has been experimenting with a design thinking methodology to involve key stakeholders in the definition, development and demonstration of tools adapted to end-user needs. This experimentation has enabled us to identify the advantages and limitations of this methodology in the field of urban security, and to propose an updated methodology better adapted to local security challenges.

The IcARUS methodology is a creative, human-centred approach to problem-solving, inspired by design thinking methodology and the design approach. It seeks to better understand users and their unmet needs, challenge assumptions and redefine problems with experts and practitioners from different fields in a co-creative approach, in order to find innovative answers that are sometimes not obvious and strengthen local partnerships. The IcARUS methodology enables participants to think about how to transform the development of initiatives, services, processes and strategies by local authorities to meet their urban security challenges.

This session offers participants the opportunity to carry out a practical exercise using the IcARUS methodology on the theme of "the challenge of recidivism", with practical exercises.

Speakers

- Massimo Fattori, Project Manager, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)
- Maud Ridoux, Director of Mobilisation and Territorial Cooperation Programmes, makesense (France)
- Violette Simeon, Community Manager, makesense (France)

R3
14:30-16:00

Coffee break - Networking
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee break - Networking

Thematic session - Communication: transparency, fake news and social media
16:30 - 18:00
Thematic session - Communication: transparency, fake news and social media

- How can we, as mayors and local public services, develop transparent and regular communication on the state of local security and the prevention and security measures taken in these areas? Without waiting for moments of crisis, how can we anticipate, analyze and react at local level to the spread of fake news or simplistic messages about safety and prevention policies?
- How can we better communicate and co-produce with young people using our own communication channels? Influencers, social networks... Some extremist parties have clearly understood the benefits of communicating via social networks to reach "new young voters". Why not invest more in this type of communication channel?
- Training institutions and elected representatives on how to communicate on security issues during election periods or in times of crisis: how to communicate effectively in the face of current events?

Speakers

- Laurence Comminette, Head of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Liège (Belgium)
- Ricardo Gutiérrez, Secretary General, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
- Daniel Trottier, Associate Professor, Media and Communication Department, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Auditorium
16:30-18:00
EN / FR / NL / ES

Thematic session - Protecting freedom of expression and diversity in shared public spaces
16:30 - 18:00
Thematic session - Protecting freedom of expression and diversity in shared public spaces

- As part of the security-by-design approach to public spaces in cities, public space is designed and animated to prevent insecurity. But what about its safe use in the collective demands faced by cities in the context of international tensions and crises?
- How can we ensure that the city remains a safe place for democratic expression during protest demonstrations?
- How can we intervene in digital public spaces and in terms of monitoring and preventing urban tensions?
- Particularly in the event of crisis management, how can public spaces be designed as places of refuge for residents who have no shelter from the heat and bad weather? How can we respond to the occupation of public spaces linked to the migratory crisis?

Speakers
- David Robertson, Chief Superintendent, Local Policing Commander - Greater Glasgow Division, Police Scotland (Scotland)
- Lotte Fast Carlsen, Deputy Director, Nordic Safe Cities (Denmark)
- Yves van de Vloet, Associate Expert, European Forum for Urban Security (Efus)

Studio
16:30-18:00
EN / FR

Thematic session - Local roots and impacts of organised crime
16:30 - 18:00
Thematic session - Local roots and impacts of organised crime

- What role can local authorities play in the fight against organised crime (detection, administrative approach, reintegration, victim support)?
- How can the various levels of local, national, European and international governance work together?
- How can we prevent the recruitment of young people, particularly unaccompanied minors, into organised crime?
- What "reachout" tools can social workers use? How can we guarantee the safety of prevention workers in a highly dangerous context?
- How can we identify the factors that protect young people from "easy money" and reduce the attractiveness of the criminal underworld?

Speakers

- Alexandra Antoniadis, Deputy Head of the Organised Crime, Drugs and Corruption Unit, DG HOME, European Commission
- Juan Camilo Cock Misas, Advisor to the Mayor of Cali (Colombia) and to the Alvaralice Foundation
- Monica Medici, Head of General Affairs, City of Maranello (Italy)
- Gilles Simeoni, President, Collectivité de Corse (France)
- André Vervooren, Director, City of Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Aquarium
16:30-18:00
EN / FR

How To session - How to Harness Data for Improving Urban Security Knowledge Management Systems: The Urban Safety Monitor
16:30 - 18:00
How To session - How to Harness Data for Improving Urban Security Knowledge Management Systems: The Urban Safety Monitor



Speakers

(available soon)

R3
14:30-16:00

Cocktail - Brussels City Hall
18:30 - 20:00
Cocktail - Brussels City Hall

In the presence of Philippe Close, Mayor of Brussels

Brussels City Hall
8 Grand Place, 1000 Brussels

Friday, March 22, 2024
Friday, March 22, 2024
Thematic session - Global Crises, Local Impacts: Threats to Social Cohesion and How Cities Can Respond
09:00 - 10:30
Thematic session - Global Crises, Local Impacts: Threats to Social Cohesion and How Cities Can Respond



Speakers

(available soon)

Auditorium
09:00-10:30
EN / FR / NL / ES

Thematic session - Public-private safety continuum
09:00 - 10:30
Thematic session - Public-private safety continuum

Speakers
- Francesc Guillén Lasierra, Head of Projects and Organization - Department of the Interior, Government of Catalonia (Spain)
- Virginie Malochet, Sociologist - Mission prévention sécurité, Institut Paris Région

Studio
09:00-10:30
EN / FR

Thematic session - Crisis Management at the local level in times of multiple crises
09:00 - 10:30
Thematic session - Crisis Management at the local level in times of multiple crises

- How can we deal with new types of crisis at local level? What are the challenges facing public spaces in the face of the climate crisis? How can public spaces be designed as resource centers, while also guaranteeing safety during crises? What can be shared between climate crisis management, terrorist risk, health crises and public order?
- Faced with various types of crisis (natural events, mass attacks, terrorist acts, riots, violence, youth brawls), how can we prepare and be prepared at local level, communicate and be collectively resilient in the face of long-term crises?
- How can we involve citizens and the private sector in crisis management?
- How can we organize crisis management training for elected representatives and professionals, based on feedback, given the high cost of multi-disciplinary exercises?

Speakers

- Melanie Bania, Head of Evaluation & Monitoring, Canadian Centre for Safer Communities (Canada)
- Nuno de Sousa, Civil Protection Engineer, City of Setúbal (Portugal)
- Sophie Lavaux, Senior civil servant of the Brussels Conurbation and Managing Director of safe.brussels (Belgium)
- Gilles Mahieu, Governor, Province of Brabant wallon, Belgium
- Felix Munger, Executive Director, Canadian Center for Safer Communities (Canada)
- Philippe Quevauviller, Head of Policy Programming and Research, European Commission
- Maike Vollmer, RiskPACC Project Coordinator, Fraunhofer Institute for the Analysis of Technological Trends - INT (Germany)

Aquarium
09:00-10:30
EN / FR

Session How To - How to prevent hate crimes
09:00 - 10:30
Session How To - How to prevent hate crimes

Among the issues addressed in this session:

Speakers

(available soon)

R3
09:00-10:00

Coffee break - Networking
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break - Networking

10:30-11:00
Grand Hall

Plenary session - Renewing our democratic practices, linking security, democracy and cities
11:00 - 12:30
Plenary session - Renewing our democratic practices, linking security, democracy and cities

Security is our common good and the foundation of our democracies, hence the title of our conference: Security, Democracy & Cities. We see our democracies weakened when all citizens do not have equal access to their rights and a shared sense of security.

The gap between citizens and institutions widens, fostering the rise of authoritarian movements that challenge the very validity of democratic systems, as well as mistrust - even distrust fuelled by disinformation campaigns. As the level closest to citizens, local authorities are increasingly striving to involve citizens and all local players in the design and implementation of innovative security policies. Do new forms of participation, communication and co-production really enable us to promote the values of respect for human rights and equality, and consolidate our democracies?

Speakers

- Vincent Aerts, Assistant, Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology, University of Liège (Belgium)
- Rachid Madrane, President of the Brussels Regional Parliament (Belgium)
- Catarina Sarmento e Castro, Minister of Justice (Portugal)

Auditorium
11:00-12:30
EN / FR / NL / ES

Lunch - networking
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch - networking

12:30-14:00
Grand Hall

Closing session, Mayors' panel - Cities and regions for security, innovation and solidarity
14:00 - 15:30
Closing session, Mayors' panel - Cities and regions for security, innovation and solidarity

Speakers

- Annelies Verlinden, Minister of the Interior, Institutional Reform and Democratic Renewal (Belgium)
- Willy Demeyer, Mayor of Liège (Belgium), President of Efus

- Philippe Close, Mayor of Brussels (Belgium)
- Anthony Borré, Deputy Mayor of Nice (France)
- Linda Ozola, Vice-President of Riga City Council (Latvia)
- Dr. Volker Proffen, Deputy Mayor, City of Mannheim (Germany)

Auditorium
14:00-15:30
EN / FR / NL / ES

Closing cocktail - Brussels Parliament
16:30 - 19:00
Closing cocktail - Brussels Parliament

In the presence of Rachid Madrane, President of the Brussels Parliament

Brussels Parliament
Rue Lombard 69, 1000 Brussels

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Field visits

Thursday 21 March

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Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30

Field visit - Addiction care : the Transit centre
09:30 - 13:00
Field visit - Addiction care : the Transit centre

Visit hosted by Transit ASBL



The association Transit is the reception centre for day emergencies, accommodation and risk reduction for people weakened by addiction/drugs in the Brussels-Capital Region. They propose a multidisciplinary welcome at a low accessibility threshold (unconditional treatment, entirely free) and psycho-medical-social care for people and solutions for emergency or crisis lodgings.

They are also recognised by the Brussels regional government as the centre of regional reference for drug management (ORBA - Regional Operator for Brussels Addictions).

This visit offers:

- Visit to the day centre, the lodging, the supervised studios and the exchange of material on risk reduction for drug users
- A meeting with professionals and exchanges around welcome, outreach and harm reduction activities
- Presentation of perspectives on future development in the Brussels Region

Maximum number of participants: 15

Start: The Egg - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
Start: The Egg - 14:00

Field visit - A Partnership Approach to managing Public Space in the City Centre
14:30 - 18:00
Field visit - A Partnership Approach to managing Public Space in the City Centre







This visit provides a presentation of the actions implemented by the City of Brussels’ prevention department and the Brussels-Capital Ixelles police on public spaces management, as well as an urban centre visit with presentation of the public tranquility and nightlife projects (nightlife federation, Bruciteam), neighbourhoods and mediation, police approach to street wandering with the Herscham cell and the EMUT partnership regarding mental health.

Maximum number of participants: 25

Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30

Field visit - Centre for the Care of Sexual Violence Victims (CPVS)
09:30 - 13:00
Field visit - Centre for the Care of Sexual Violence Victims (CPVS)



The Centre for the care of sexual violence Victims offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to sexual violence victims. Care and services are offered in one location by a specially trained team. At the centre, a victim can receive free holistic care 24/7. Specially trained professionals, including nurses, psychologists and police work together in a single location to offer sexual violence victims the following services: medical care, forensic examinations, filing a complaint, psychological care and monitoring.

Maximum number of participants: tbc

Start: The Egg - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
Start: The Egg - 14:00

Field visit - Community policing and diversity in neighbourhoods: from the Matonge neighbourhood to the European Parliament and Ixelles
14:30 - 18:00
Field visit - Community policing and diversity in neighbourhoods: from the Matonge neighbourhood to the European Parliament and Ixelles

Community policing and diversity in neighbourhoods: from the Matonge neighbourhood to the European Parliament and Ixelles

This visit offers a 4km observation walk in 3 specific Bruxelles-Ixelles neighbourhoods and a presentation of the different approaches in each neighbourhood with local partners: police, street educators, day and night mediators, Ixelles Prévention peacekeepers, voluntary sector, shopkeepers, hotels, restaurants…

Maximum number of participants: 25

Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30

Field visit - Intercultural walk in Cureghem, Anderlecht
09:30 - 13:00
Field visit - Intercultural walk in Cureghem, Anderlecht

Through this visit, participants will meet the inclusion pole, made up of intercultural mediators (CRIPA team) and a psycho-medico-social "street" team (Vie Précaire team). This pole aims to support people with specific vulnerabilities (difficult migration journey, integration problems, residency issues…) with respect to their futures, inclusion, and/or empowerment.

Through a walk of roughly 2 hours in the Cureghem district, we propose to better understand how a transit district functions in the heart of the capital. Recent and older anecdotes, shared work experiences, visits to key sites (slaughterhouses, second-hand car district, etc.), sociological analyses and political questioning (in the sense of "city management") define the route, providing a better understanding - in context - of how a "globalised" district lives in Europe’s capital. What kind of urban development and social cohesion can we achieve in our city, and above all, what challenges must we overcome?

Maximum number of participants: 20

Start: The Egg - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
Start: The Egg - 14:00

Field visit - Integrated Security Control involving regional services, the public prosecutor’s office, police services and customs
14:30 - 18:00
Field visit - Integrated Security Control involving regional services, the public prosecutor’s office, police services and customs

Integrated security control involving regional services, the Public Prosecutor's Office, police and customs

This tour offers an insight into the workings of a large-scale security check organized by Brussels Mobility's Marlow Police Zone. The visit will show the collaboration with regional services, local and federal police, the Public Prosecutor's Office and customs, focusing on road safety, drug consumption and transport, unpaid criminal fines and the control of regional regulations (cabs, driving schools, heavy goods vehicles, etc.).

Maximum number of participants: 25

Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30

Demonstration - Crisis management simulation (amok - uncontrollable, isolated perpetrator, acting alone) in Anderlecht
09:30 - 13:00
Demonstration - Crisis management simulation (amok - uncontrollable, isolated perpetrator, acting alone) in Anderlecht

Crisis management simulation (amok - uncontrollable, lone-wolf perpetrator) in Anderlecht

Coordinated by the Zone de police Midi (south of Brussels) on the CERIA campus, in collaboration with the students from the section Security professions, this simulation of local crisis management will highlight the role of the mayor confronted with an amok case (uncontrollable, isolated perpetrator, acting alone), the collaboration between the different disciplines involved in crisis management (firefighters, police, emergency medical care, local authorities, civil defence, etc…), and the involvement of the Regional Crisis Centre.

Maximum number of participants: 25

Start: The Egg - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
Start: The Egg - 14:00

Field visit - The Regional Crisis Centre
14:30 - 18:00
Field visit - The Regional Crisis Centre


This visit provides an overview of the organisation of emergency planning and crisis management in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Alongside its partners, safe.brussels pursues three objectives: to coordinate the prevention, security and crisis management of the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region and to support all involved stakeholders to better guarantee the safety of the people of Brussels and all who visit the region.

In the Brussels region, the Governor is responsible for crisis management and emergency planning. If a crisis coordination phase is triggered at Brussels region level, they benefit from the assistance of emergency and intervention disciplines, facilitating strategic crisis management.

This field visit allows participants to understand the mechanism of crisis management in the Brussels region, all while offering the chance to meet the different services involved. The visit will conclude with an exploration of the regional crisis centre, subject to non-activation in the face of an unforeseen crisis.

Maximum number of participants: 25

Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30

Field visit - Drug users on the streets in Brussels: integrated offer and mobile intercultural mediation system
09:30 - 13:00
Field visit - Drug users on the streets in Brussels: integrated offer and mobile intercultural mediation system

Drug users on the streets in Brussels: integrated offer and mobile intercultural mediation system




This visit offers a presentation by the asbl Lama team of the Ribaucare project and the Centre Social Santé Intégré (CSSI), the ARTHA project (safe.brussels) and of the partners of the SubLINK project (STIB, DIOGENES, Lama project, emergency medical services, Transit association).

This visit will highlight the phenomenon of addiction and mental health problems among those in a precarious living situation, social work to help people in vulnerable situations obtain their rights, and challenges for services and the Region.

Maximum number of participants: 30
(two groups of 15 people: group 1 - Yzer and Ribaucourt neighbourhoods and future low-risk consumption room; group 2 - global social action centre, planning, and future women's centre)

Start: The Egg - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
Start: The Egg - 14:00

Field visit - A comprehensive and integrated preventive approach on the university campus: partnership between the police zone, the university, the university clinic, schools and the municipal prevention service
14:30 - 18:00
Field visit - A comprehensive and integrated preventive approach on the university campus: partnership between the police zone, the university, the university clinic, schools and the municipal prevention service

A comprehensive and integrated preventive approach on the university campus: partnership between the police zone, the university, the university clinic, schools and the municipal prevention service

This visit to the Louvain-en-Woluwe police station, situated in the heart of a hospital and university site, aims to better understand the site and to encourage closer contact with the varied public (young students, local residents, patients, families…). It will highlight the global approach to risk prevention (harassment, safe returns) and public-private partnerships with taxis and the students’ federation. It provides an opportunity to present the police unit who aim to gather citizen complaints, to patrol the site by foot and by bike, and work closely with residents, shopkeepers and students, whom they help organise their festivities in the safest possible conditions. The visit will also be the opportunity to present the Prevention Truck, a vehicle that travels around neighbourhoods to meet the local populations’ needs and give prevention advice in different areas such as thefts from homes, bicycle thefts, traffic regulations, animal welfare…

Maximum number of participants: 25

Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Start after plenary session: The Egg - 09:30

Field visit - Brussels Observatory for Urban Security and Prevention and Partners of safe.brussels
09:30 - 13:00
Field visit - Brussels Observatory for Urban Security and Prevention and Partners of safe.brussels

Brussels Observatory for Urban Security and Prevention and Partners of safe.brussels



Alongside its partners, safe.brussels pursues a double objective: to coordinate the prevention, security and crisis management of the territory Brussels Capital region and to support all concerned stakeholders in order to guarantee the security of Brussel’s inhabitants and all that visit the region.

This visit offers a presentation of the organisation safe.brussels and its regional services such as the Brussels Observatory for Prevention and Security (OBPS).

Maximum number of participants: 25

Start: The Egg - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
Start: The Egg - 14:00

Field visit - Integrated local approach to homelessness and people living rough
14:30 - 18:00
Field visit - Integrated local approach to homelessness and people living rough

This visit presents the homelessness project developed by the local mediation service of the commune of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, illustrated by two housing projects: Casa Tamam (temporary occupation of 350 people in partnership with the non-profit organization Deux Euros Cinquante, Belrefugees, Citydev and the Brussels-Capital Region) and Youyou (temporary housing in partnership with the Issue project and Logement molenbeekois).

Maximum number of participants: 25

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Thursday, March 21, 2024
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Making public spaces safer and more inclusive: an anti-street harassment scheme
09:30 - 10:00
Making public spaces safer and more inclusive: an anti-street harassment scheme

Valérie Dujardin - Coordinator, Local Security and Delinquency Prevention Council (CLSPD), City of Nice (France)

FR

Pitch session
09:30 - 10:00
Pitch session


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"Hate, I say NO!" an approach to racism and anti-Semitism as social dynamics
10:00 - 10:30
"Hate, I say NO!" an approach to racism and anti-Semitism as social dynamics

Alejo Steimberg, Socio-cultural coordinator, Jewish Lay Community Centre (CCLJ) David Susskind - CCLJ (Belgium)

FR

Involving local players in the fight against organised crime: Strengthening local cooperation in Rotterdam
10:00 - 10:30
Involving local players in the fight against organised crime: Strengthening local cooperation in Rotterdam



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Groupement interquartiers de tranquillité et de sûreté - GITeS
10:30 - 11:00
Groupement interquartiers de tranquillité et de sûreté - GITeS

Rémi Vincent, General Manager, Groupement interquartiers de tranquillité et de sûreté - GITeS (France)

FR

People-centered approaches to chronic violence
10:30 - 11:00
People-centered approaches to chronic violence

Dolores Hernández Montoya, Consultant and Professor, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego (USA)

EN

A Vos Côtés - Gare Luxembourg district: how to respond to residents' sense of insecurity?
11:30 - 12:00
A Vos Côtés - Gare Luxembourg district: how to respond to residents' sense of insecurity?

Virginie Giarmana, Deputy Director, Inter-Actions (Luxembourg)

FR

Pooling police data and citizens' feelings to adapt Riga district police tactics
11:30 - 12:00
Pooling police data and citizens' feelings to adapt Riga district police tactics

Stanislavs Šeiko, City of Riga (Latvia)

EN

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12:00 - 12:30
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12:00 - 12:30
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Pitch session
12:30 - 13:00
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12:30 - 13:00
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Urban security and resilience in smart cities: citizen sensors, citizen heroes
14:30 - 15:00
Urban security and resilience in smart cities: citizen sensors, citizen heroes

Marios Zacharias, Project Manager, Space Hellas SA (Greece)

EN

Domestic violence in Europe, a police research perspective: the IMPROVE project
14:30 - 15:00
Domestic violence in Europe, a police research perspective: the IMPROVE project

José L. Diego, Head of Innovation and Project Management, Valencia Local Police (Spain)

EN

Pitch session
15:00 - 15:30
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15:00 - 15:30
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The management of female jihadi terrorist offenders in Europe
15:30 - 16:00
The management of female jihadi terrorist offenders in Europe

Thomas Renard, Director of the International Center for Counter-Terrorism and Researcher, Egmont Institute (Belgium)

AT

Pitch session
15:30 - 16:00
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Pitch session
16:30 - 17:00
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Youth Design Lisboa - Engaging young people in community safety
16:30 - 17:00
Youth Design Lisboa - Engaging young people in community safety

Mónica Diniz, Head of Prevention, Safety and International Relations, City of Lisbon (Portugal)

EN

Pitch session
17:00 - 17:30
Pitch session


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Art and magic to to enhance resilience of young people against radicalisation
17:00 - 17:30
Art and magic to to enhance resilience of young people against radicalisation

Valeriya Vasilyeva, Project Coordinator, City of Stuttgart (Germany)

EN

Pitch session
17:30 - 18:00
Pitch session


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Innovative Public Safety Strategies in Seoul and the Pursuit of Global Collaboration
17:30 - 18:00
Innovative Public Safety Strategies in Seoul and the Pursuit of Global Collaboration

Kim Hakbae, Chairman, Seoul Metropolitan Police Committee (South Korea)

EN

Thursday, March 21, 2024

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