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SafeCi - Safer Space for Safer Cities
SafeCi, coordinated by the Berlin Police, is a two-and-a-half-year European security project for the protection of public spaces against terrorist attacks.
Between 2016 and 2019, 595 attacks were committed across Europe (EU Terrorism Situation Trend Report, Europol). The terrorist attacks of recent years have shown that security is a joint task of the European Union.
How can we better protect public spaces in Europe? What tried and tested solutions already exist? These questions prompted the Berlin Police to design a project about the protection of public spaces. The granting of funding by the European Commission from the European Fund for Internal Security (ISF-P) made it possible to implement the project.
Goals and Results
During the project, an intensive exchange of information took place between the consortium partners, representing 10 European police authorities.
The aim of the project was to analyse and evaluate existing concepts, strategies and technical solutions to improve the protection of public spaces and to ensure public safety in Europe.
SafeCi brought together and gave structure to existing know-how. SafeCi provided a comprehensive European overview on protection measures of public spaces:
The results have been summarised in a handbook with the title:
European Recommendations for Action to Protect Public Spaces against Terrorist Attacks
It discusses six core topics and contains 25 examples of good practice in Europe.The core topics of the handbook are:
- Risk and hazard assessment for public spaces
- Structural protection of public spaces against terrorist attacks
- Event protection in public spaces
- The protection of critical infrastructure
- Innovative approaches to protecting public spaces
- Awareness-raising strategies for the protection of public spaces
The project demonstrates the diversity of options and perspectives across Europe.
A further important goal of the project is to generate a strong European network and to act transnationally.
SafeCi has assembled a multinational and interdisciplinary project team consisting of experienced police officers, experts and scientists. This successful cooperation of this sustainable network will lead to the better protection of public places.