Europe, a partner in the safety of cities

Since 2016, Europe has deployed numerous tools to help municipalities protect themselves from attacks and fight radicalisation. That year, 86 people died on their way to see Nice’s July 14 fireworks display from the Promenade des Anglais. As a result of this tragedy, the city requested the support of the European Union to accompany the communities that so wish on these issues. Faced with the proliferation of these situations, specific European funding programs were quickly developed.
Y National Security Fundaccessible to local authorities, it thus makes it possible to support a wide range of actions: acquisition of information systems, networking and development of knowledge and means to combat threats, education and training of police and administrative agents, etc.

Nice secures the Prom’ with the support of Europe

Within this framework, Nice and its partners have obtained 3.2 million euros from the European Internal Security Fund to carry out joint exercises between the municipal police, in order to strengthen their intervention capacities, but also to invest in cutting-edge technology. state-of-the-art equipment and make your public spaces safer (deep terminals, intrusion protection cables, remote access control).

The city also joined the project Practices (Association against violent radicalization in cities), which has allowed Nice to surround itself with local authorities and European researchers under the aegis of the European Forum for Urban Safety (Efus), in order to identify needs and provide the best solutions. Thanks to an association that brings together researchers, experts in supporting radicalized people, sociologists, public associations, municipal technicians and police officers, the project has made it possible to build innovative tools adapted to the needs of users and adaptable to the specific contexts of cities and regions. . The cities thus have a toolbox, accessible to all. This three-year project, completed in 2020, had a budget of almost 3.5 million euros from the Horizon 2020 research programme.

These projects have finally allowed the consortium IcARUS associates cities and police forces to benefit from new funding of more than 5 million euros from the Horizon 2020 program to continue its studies on urban security until 2024.

Toulouse agents visit their counterparts

Toulouse was also launched in 2020 in a European project funded by the National Security Fund to better understand the problem of radicalization. It must enable it to create a radicalism observation and support unit, to develop tools to combat radicalism in the field of specialized prevention, and to draw up action and training plans to guide the management of migratory flows and associated identity conflicts. The project makes it possible to organize numerous meetings to share the solutions adopted by the cities and to organize field visits, which are very instructive for the teams in charge of these issues.

Learn from the experience of others

Beyond financial aid, the European Commission has launched a radicalization awareness network (RSR), which brings together more than 6,000 professionals from all over Europe (teachers, police, prison staff, etc.), and promotes the exchange of good practices. The main objective is to better understand the vulnerability of certain people and the means to protect them.

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