1. General Information :

Toulouse is a city in the southwest of France. It is the capital of the department of Haute-Garonne and of the Midi-Pyrénées region. The commune of Toulouse, with a population of 447,340 inhabitants as of January 2011, is the fourth largest in France, after Lyon and before Nice. The metropolitan area of Toulouse had a population of 761,090 in 1999. In 2008 the urban area of Toulouse had a population of 891,000 inhabitants and the metropolitan area had 1,150,000, making it the fifth largest in France. Toulouse is the birthplace of the firm Airbus and today the city is a European technopole of high-tech industries such as the aviation, computer and aeronautics industries, as well as many research institutes. It is also the fourth largest student city in France, with a population of 94,000 students and prestigious cultural centres like the Centre des Congrès, the Médiathèque José-Cabanis, the Zénith, the museum of modern and contemporary art “Les Abattoirs”, the Cité de l’espace and the Toulouse National Theatre (TNT). The city’s population is increasing rapidly; in fact it has the highest population growth of any metropolitan area of more than 850,000 inhabitants in France and even in Europe. Toulouse is considered to be one of the major intermediate European cities like Lyon, Marseille, Florence, Hamburg or Zurich.

Population: 447,340 inhabitants (2011)

Location: France

Official Website

Local Safety Contract: Local Council for Security and Crime Prevention (CLSPD, according to its French acronym) since 2008

Twinned with: Tel Aviv (Israel), Atlanta (US), Kiev (Ukraine), Bologna (Italy), Elche (Spain), Chongqing (China), Rosario (Argentina)

2. The City in our Network :

The City and Efus

Member since 1993

Member of the Executive Committee since 2009


Participated in:

  • Democracy, Cities and Drugs II, 2008-2011
  • Publication “Urban Security Practices”, 1996


  • Efus General Assembly, Toulouse, France, 25 June 2009
  • Conference “1983-2008, is security still everyone’s concern?”, EFUS-FFSU, 5 December 2008
  • Conference “Urban Transport, Safety and Social Crisis”, 30-31 October 1995

The City and the National Forum (FFSU)

Member since 1993

Member of the Executive Committee, 1999-2002

President of the FFSU, 1993-1995


  • Follow-up and assistance of territorial surveillance units, Prevention Security, 2012
  • Assessment of the Roma community, 2010

Participated in:

  • Working group “Local Authorities-Justice”, 2014
  • Programme to promote health in the festive period, 2013, with Paris, Montpellier, Le Havre and Marseille, 2012-2013
  • Working group “Travellers, Roms, Cities”, led by Toulouse alongside Aubervilliers, Bordeaux, Pantin and Montreuil, 2010-2011
  • Working group “Gang culture”, FFSU, 2001-2006


  • Conference “Cities facing urban violence“, Toulouse, 26 June 2009
  • FFSU Executive Committee meeting and Lunch-debate on “Minimum Sentences and Reoffending of Minors”, FFSU, 27 June 2007
  • Conference “12 hours for crime prevention” on the definition of crime prevention in France, FFSU, 18 October 2005
  • FFSU General Assembly, 150693
  • Working group “Municipal Police”, 1997
  • FFSU General Assembly, 15 June 1993

3. Project Files (Best practice forms) :

4. Further Information :

Public Order Office: a service to make living together better. The Public Order Office was established in October 2009, in order to alleviate the pressure on the emergency services who, after 6pm each day, had been the only services available to respond to public requests.

By dialling 3101 (free of charge from any landline), citizens are directed to the operators of the Public Order Office, who are available 24/7 to respond to their daily problems related to uncivil and disruptive behaviour.

Charter for Nightlife: Following the implementation of its package of measures, the Charter for Nightlife soon gained  momentum and many new professionals began to take an interest. The signatories reflect the variety of the nightlife scene, from the favourite student hideouts among to the bars and restaurants specialising in festive and cultural events.

The Commission for Civil Liberties: In 2010, Pierre Cohen (Mayor of Toulouse) launched a project on video surveillance to highlight the need for an ethical, democratic regulatory framework for CCTV surveillance and observation, while emphasising the need to integrate these subjects into the larger questions of good neighbourliness and public peace in the city. In order to master the use of CCTV systems and to be able to guarantee both better security and a continued respect of civil liberties, the City of Toulouse decided to take specific measures. Included among these is the establishment of a Commission for Civil Liberties, chaired by Laure Ortiz, previous director of the Toulouse Institute of Political Studies and Associate University Professor of public law.

The Major City Project (GPV, according to its French acronym) offers urban support for the social development of local neighbourhoods. The GPV is a comprehensive urban, social and economic development project, designed to improve the living environment for local residents. The aim is to reconstruct the large-scale social housing developments by studying the elements of the original town plans whose social consequences have led to the area’s decline: its isolated position, forbidding appearance, mono-functional nature, lack of community-based urban administration, unemployment, poverty, delinquency, aesthetics, etc.

Road Safety Projects

Projects regarding drug addictions