This new publication, edited by John A. Winterdyk, presents an international approach to the study of crime prevention. It offers an expansive overview of crime prevention initiatives and how they are applied across a wide range of themes and infractions, from conventional to non-conventional forms of crime.
Based on a review of the literature, this is the first text to offer a broad, yet comprehensive, examination of how and why crime prevention has gained considerable traction as an alternative to conventional criminal justice practices of crime control in developed countries, and to provide a cross-sectional view of how crime prevention has been applied and how effective such initiatives have been. Crime Prevention: International Perspectives, Issues, and Trends is suitable for undergraduate students in criminology and criminal justice programs, as well as for graduates and undergraduates in special topics courses.
I have contributed to the publication with a chapter on corporate crime prevention.
More information can be found here: https://www.routledge.com/Crime-Prevention-International-Perspectives-Issues-and-Trends/Winterdyk/p/book/9781498733670
In June 2015, Mike Beke participated in a workshop on cyber security and predictive policing organised in Brussels by the Societal Security Network – SOURCE. The aim of the network is to ‘create a robust and sustainable virtual centre of excellence capable of exploring and advancing societal issues in security research and development’. The workshop included experts from police, industry, policy-making, civil society, and academia. Societal challenges were discussed concerning the use of modern technologies and cybercrime.
More information on the Societal Security Network can be found here. More information on the workshop here.
On 12 June, the University of Trento (eCrime) and the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) presented in Brussels the final Integrated Anti-Corruption Enforcement Monitoring Toolkit developed in light of the MONAC project funded by the European Commission. Ms Anabela Gago, Head of the Organised Crime Unit at the European Commission, highlighted that ‘innovative research is needed to support the work of the European Commission in the development of evidence-based anticorruption policy’. She acknowledged that the tool’s strength is its adaptability to the situations in various countries and institutions. This was illustrated by Dr Alexander Stoyanov and Professor Andrea di Nicola whom presented the findings of the pilot implementation of the toolkit in respectively Bulgaria and Italy.
More information on the event can be found here.
The MONAC project aimed to develop a monitoring and evaluation system on anti-corruption measures in the EU Member States. The two-year project was coordinated by CSD and carried out in collaboration with eCrime. Mike Beke was a member of the external expert panel and provided support during the course of the project.
The final toolkit can be found here.
In the beginning of May, we welcomed to Spain a group of 22 criminal justice students from Mount Royal University (Calgary, Canada). During their three-day study tour to Madrid, they were hosted by Spanish law enforcement authorities and academia. On the first day the students attended a workshop hosted by Dr. Laura Tedesco at Saint Louis University – Madrid campus. Dr. Tedesco gave the students a lecture on the political and institutional developments in Spain from the transition to democracy until Spain today. The next day the group visited the Civil Guard Academy for Officials and Penitentiary Centre Madrid VI in Aranjuez. On their final day, the students were given a tour of the National Police Academy in Ávila. Learning from the Spanish authorities on their approach to criminal justice and law enforcement has allowed the students to bring back good practices to Canada and further expand their educational horizon.
In May 2014, we will welcome to Spain the 15th European Criminal Justice Study Tour
of Mount Royal University. A group of 22 students from Canada will visit some of Spain’s most beautiful cultural sites and partake in various study activities organised by Blomeyer & Sanz. Considering the particular interest of the students in law enforcement, the aim of their visit will be to understand the criminal justice system of Spain. Therefore, educational visits are planned to the national police academy and a local prison. In addition, various universities will receive the group for lectures on topics relating crime, corruption and justice. After their visit to Spain, the group will continue their tour to France and England, after which they will return to Canada.
Tour Programme’s Director:
The conference was hosted by the Basque Institute of Criminology (University of the Basque Country) and provided a forum for meeting, sharing and promoting knowledge transfer among European professionals working on issues in the field of criminology. Blomeyer & Sanz has a particular interest in research concerning transparency and anti-corruption and is currently strengthening its capacity on activities for the European Commission´s DG Home Affairs. In light of this, we attended seminars hosted by the European Working Group on Organizational Crime (EUROC). Academics from various European universities presented their research projects focusing on, inter alia, EU fraud, corruption perception and criminal enforcement of corporate crime as well as human trafficking. See http://eurocrim2012.com/.