Local Prevention Councils for Enhanced Local Cooperation: Lessons Learned
The local prevention council (LPC) is a body for joint action of stakeholders and relevant actors in the field of public safety at the local level, as well as the successful implementation of the concept of “community policing”. It networks all the key entities in a municipality that can affect the quality of life of citizens, enabling consideration of security and other local problems through a multidisciplinary prism, based on numerous interrelated causes and subject to different intervention practices.
From the position of the local self-government, the local councils are a tool that should gather at a common table all the institutions and stakeholders that have a part in social administrative processes and procedures, which take place in the local environments where they have jurisdiction. From the police perspective, LPC should network all the key entities that will “help” the police to carry out their preventive activities, that is, they will help the police to be proactive in solving citizens’ security problems and in maintaining public order and peace. When solving problems, LPC should take into account different needs in the community, especially those related to marginalized and underrepresented social groups.
The project “Local councils for prevention for strengthened local cooperation” was implemented in the period from September 1, 2022. until September 30, 2023 The project activities, building on the results of the above-mentioned research, were based on the cooperation with three selected municipalities whose LPC activities were monitored and analyzed, which were then provided with expert support and direction to improve their work.
This publication gathers the insights that emerged from the observation of the work of the three LPCs and which should serve as a roadmap for all local units interested in implementing this concept.