Monday, August 22, 2011

[EQ] UNODC and UNHABITAT release guidelines to help prevent crime in urban areas

Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space

UNODC and UNHABITAT release guidelines to help prevent crime in urban areas

United Nations Human Setlements Programe (UN-Habitat )

20 August 2011

Available online PDF [118p.] at:

“………..While high-income cities have succeeded in controlling crime through the use of innovative techniques, low- and middle- level income countries particularly in Africa and Central America still grapple with the challenges. Urban governments in low- and middle-income countries have increasingly sought to apply the techniques in new contexts, with growing success.


Among the best practices highlighted in the handbook are:
state officials must establish links between police and other state institutions in order to effectively incorporate security concerns into wider government efforts; city planners should contribute to discussions about security and develop relations with police; and collaboration between urban planners, civil society, government officials, police and communities is essential in combating crime.


The handbook examines a variety of crime control strategies, including community-oriented policing, problem-oriented policing, intelligence-led policing, situational crime prevention and crime prevention through environmental design. It also addresses broader principles of managing urban spaces to control crime and strategies for evaluating crime control programmes.


The handbook includes references to efforts to control crime in the following countries: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.


Related to the above publication,
UNODC has also released a Handbook on Police Accountability, Oversight and Integrity


The handbook aims to assist countries in their efforts to develop effective police oversight and accountability systems within the their law enforcement structures. Tasks that involve law enforcement require a high degree of integrity within police agencies. The handbook provides guidance on how to deal with complaints from the public regarding policing activities e.g. complaints on how investigations are handled, follow-ups by police officers etc.


While the handbook emphasizes that the key players in enhancing police accountability are police officers themselves, it also describes an integrated approach that involves different actors in this system including government representatives, the parliament, the judiciary, civil society, and independent oversight bodies such as national human rights institutions.


The handbook is one of the practical tools developed by UNODC to support countries in the implementation of the rule of law and in strengthening their criminal justice systems….”



I.          Context of urban policing in low- and middle-income countries

II.          Policing in urban spaces and public places: current trends and practices

III.         Improving the policing of urban spaces: different police strategies in different types of urban space

IV.        Effective policing in public places
V.         Improving policing practice, oversight and evaluation .

VI.        Review of selected good practices in Africa and Latin America

VII.       Role of the police in urban planning and management for safer urban spaces
       Conclusions: key lessons on policing in urban space



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