Innovative Approaches to Urban Security

Through a process of co-production, IcARUS will integrate social and technological innovations to strengthen the strategic approach to urban security and therefore, promote a balanced vision of urban security, combining prevention, sanctions and social cohesion as mechanisms to encourage common approaches to security in the European Union. This project aims also to enable local communities to ensure the efficiency of urban security policies by having integrated strategic approaches to take into account the changes in both the phenomena as well as the policy and methodological frameworks. The project will seek to achieve the following specific objectives and thus rethink urban security policies in an innovative way:

1. Provide a cross analysis of the evolution in urban security and local responses to tackle criminality over the last 30 years in terms of public policies, practices and tools, in order to identify needs, tools and institutional barriers that can be improved to respond to the current top-priority European challenges.

2. Develop a co-produced, socially and technologically innovative toolkit to reinforce the strategic approach to urban security and provide local security actors with more effective tools and methodological frameworks so as to better tackle emerging security challenges and strengthen the EU Security Union.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 822749.

European partners

EFUS- European Forum for Urban Security- FRANCE (Coordinator), City of Turin (IT), Fachhochschule Salzburg GmbH (AT), Ethical & Legal Plus S.L (ES), Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (NL), Panteio Panepistimio Koinonikon Kaipolitikon Epistimon (GR), The University Of Salford (UK), University Of Leeds (UK), Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart (DE), Rigas Pasvaldibas Policija (LT), Gemeente Rotterdam (NL), City of Nice (FR), Municipality of Lisbon (PT), Makesense (FR), Eurocircle Association (FR), fondation de l’Institut de Reserche IDIAP (CH), Kentro Meleton Asfaleias (GR), Globaz S.A. (CH).

The project in Torino

The PLTO will work on implementing the developed toolkit as part of demonstration projects in the 6 partner municipalities, involving Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) which include local security practitioners and police officers.

Practical steps

  1. Tools and methods
  2. Research and policy documents analisys
  3. Development of toolkits for Practitioners
  4. Societals impact
  5. Engagement, dissemination and exploitation
  6. Requirements and need capture

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EU contribution to the City of Torino