The European Forum for Urban Security: a network of some 300 European local authorities

Created in 1987 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) is the oldest non-governmental organisation of local authorities working in the field of urban security. It has more than 300 members.

Through its conferences, training programmes, technical assistance to cities and role as a consulting expert to political authorities, Efus has contributed to raise awareness on the political and social issues surrounding urban security and also to develop local actions and programmes, which have in turn  inspired new thinking and policies in Europe and other parts of the world.

Efus acts for its network and through its network. It fosters inter-city study, dialogue and cooperation, in particular in order to identify and share practices, and assists cities in their analytical work and in improving their action in the field of urban security.

Efus’ management is led by an executive committee composed of 27 local authorities, which are directly elected by the members of the network. The Efus secretariat comprises 10 permanent staff, who come from six European countries.

The Belgium Forum for Prevention and Urban Security: 84 member cities

Created in 1995, the Belgium Forum for Prevention and Urban Security (FBPSU according to the French acronym), is an NGO that gathers 84 Belgian cities and is dedicated to the exchange of views and practices on local crime prevention policies.

The Belgian Forum has a work group on urban gangs, set up in 2007, and has organised several seminars on this topic.

The Spanish Forum for Prevention and Urban Security: 30 local and regional authorities

The Spanish Forum for Prevention and Urban Security (FEPSU according to the Spanish acronym) is an association of 30 local and regional authorities established in 1998 with the aim of sharing approaches and experiences on public security policies.

The principles that underpin the Spanish Forum’s activities are included in the statement “Para una convivencia socialmente inclusiva” (for a socially inclusive co-existence) adopted at the Seville conference in 2008, which advocates policies that anticipate conflict and contribute to a more inclusive society.

The Emilia Romagna region: secretary of the Italian Forum for Urban Security since 1999

The Italian Emilia Romagna region is a member of the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) since 1999 and has also been since secretary of the Italian Forum for Urban Security (FISU).

The Italian Forum gathers more than 70 local authorities and works on various projects, seminars and conferences that promote an integrated vision of security in Italy.

National Community Safety Network: promoting community safety in the UK

The National Community Safety Network (NCSN) was created in 1995 and gathers over 500 members and organisations in both the statutory and voluntary sectors in the UK.

It is a practitioner-led organisation supporting those involved in promoting community safety and crime reduction throughout the United Kingdom.

Psytel: a cooperative of experts on health information

A French non-profit organisation, Psytel is a cooperative of experts who have been working for 15 years in the field of injury prevention: with the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers (SANCO) on the prevention of domestic accidents (PHP programme – Injury DataBase), and with the Directorate General Justice, Freedom and Security (JLS) on the prevention of violence against children and women (DAPHNE Programme).

Psytel has developed an expertise on health information systems and created a number of databases, software tools and data mining (extracting relevant information from large amounts of data) in these areas. The development tools provided by Psytel are the MySQL database (a relational database management system that runs as a server providing multi user access) and the Apache HTTP server (the first web server software), both of which are “open-source softwares” developped and maintained by an open community of developers.

Psytel has multidisciplinary skills (a team of experts composed of epidemiologists, statisticians, economists, developers and computer scientists) that enables it to address problems in their various aspects. Furthermore, Psytel works on IT developments in the field of public health.