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SafeCi - Safer Space for Safer Cities
The protection of public space is of great importance regionally, nationally and internationally. For this reason, the Berlin Police has applied for funding from the European Fund for Internal Security (ISF-P) to carry out a project to strengthen the protection of public space.
SafeCi is a project of the “Best Practice” category. As part of a two-year project, an exchange of experience is currently taking place with police authorities from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. The aim of the project is to examine and analyse existing concepts, strategies and technical tools to improve the protection of public space.
The project consists of seven key topics. Questionnaires on these key topics have been developed in order to gather information from all participating countries. In addition, peer reviews allow for on-site examination of existing practices. The outcome and results of these interactions and experience-sharing will be compiled into a handbook, which will include best practices, innovative concepts and recommendations, and will be made available to other security authorities. Further, a sustainable network of the major participants will be established with the aim of creating and enhancing institutional links beyond the duration of the project.
The following topics are in focus:
- Securing of event locations and operational areas, especially against ramming vehicles
- Risk analyses and assessment of public spaces
- Concepts and international standards with regards to structural measures for the protection of public spaces
- Protection of critical infrastructures and vulnerable objects
- Drone technology (drone defense and use of drone systems by security authorities)
- Perceptual technologies and developments (video surveillance, detection and analysis software, human / machine link, Super Recognizer)
- Awareness raising strategies and subject-related preventative approaches
The topics are prioritized and sharpened during international workshops. The peer reviews that will take place during the course of the project will allow for on-site visits of existing concepts, strategies and technical tools. Finally, the results of the exchange of experience are compiled in the form of a handbook and made available to other safety authorities. Furthermore, the establishment of a sustainable network of the involved stakeholders, also beyond the project duration, is planned.