1. General Information :

Brest is a French city in Brittany. It is the capital of the district of the Finistère department. Its inhabitants are called the “Brestois” and “Brestoise” (Brestad ha Brestadez in Breton). It has an important harbour, particularly for the military, and is located at the western tip of Brittany and of France. The city is located on the western edge of continental Europe, hence the expression “Europe from Brest to Brest”.

Population: 144 548 inhabitants

Location: France

Official Website

Safety Contract: The city of Brest created a City Council for Crime Prevention (CCPD) in 1985, then drew up a contract of preventative policies for security in 1987, and finally signed a Safety Contract in 1997. The city has been a member of the Intermunicipal Council of Security and Crime Prevention, at the district level of Brest Métropole Océane, since it was created in 2003.

Twinned with: Denver (US), Kiel (Germany), Taranto (Italy), Yokosuka (Japan), Dun Laoghaire (Ireland), Càdiz (Spain), Saponé (Burkina Faso), Constanta (Romania).

2. The City in our Network :

The City and Efus

Member of Efus since 2007


  • Conference “Cities facing urban violence” in Toulouse, 26 June 2009-10-20

The City and the French Forum (FFSU)

Participated in:


  • General Assembly, Toulouse, 25 June 2009
  • Awarded the Crime Prevention Award in 2008, “Preventing Crime in Public Places”
  • “Training of newly elected officials”, FFSU, 7 October 2008
  • General Assembly, FFSU Paris, 25 June 2008
  • “Training of newly elected officials”, Paris; 20 Mai 2008
  • General Assembly, La Rochelle, 25 June 2007
  • Conference “The authority of mayors and information for them” concerning the role of the mayor in crime prevention, La Rochelle, France, 16 May 2007
  • Conference “12 hours for crime prevention” concerning the definition of crime prevention in France, FFSU, 18 October 2005
  • Conference “The security profession at night”, Rennes, 21 June 2005


  • Audit of the functions and uses of Place de la Liberté, Brest, 2007
  • On-site training “Urban video surveillance”, Brest, 2007
  • On-site training “Managing public spaces”, Brest, 2007
  • On-site training “Tools implemented by cities: Example of the Municipal Police”, Brest, 2007

3. Project Files (Best practice forms) :

4. Further information :

Pictures : Picture gallery