How to improve police-population relations? Final conference of the IMPPULSE project

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Brussels, November 2015 – The conference on “Police-population relations: Challenges, local practices and recommendations”, organised by Efus in collaboration with the city of Brussels and the Brussels Capital-Ixelles police zone, gathered some 110 participants from Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, on 16 November at the Brussels City Hall (Belgium). A minute of silence was observed at the beginning of the conference to pay tribute  to the victims of the Paris attacks, three days before.

Attendants exchanged and debated around the work and pilot-projects carried out by European cities as part of the European IMPPULSE project  (IMproving Police/Population Understanding for Local SEcurity). Insights from this project will soon be available on the Efus-Network platform.

At the end of the conference, participants were invited to take part in a series of field visits dedicated to practices developed in Brussels for the prevention of pickpocketing, as well as the new “detention centre” of the local police, and an artistic project led by a local partnership and focused on street tags.

The publication resulting from IMPPULSE will be available in February. It includes an analysis of police-population relations and a description of useful local practices aimed at their strengthening or improvement, and a series of principles for action and recommendations by the cities who were partner in the project as well as the experts.

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