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Second international meeting on crime observatories

Assess crime and produce results which are useful for the community

Author(s) : International Centre for the Prevention of Crime

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC), in collaboration with France’s National Crime Observatory (OND) and the Public Security Division of Chile’s Ministry of Interior, organized the Second International Meeting on Crime Observatories, which took place from March 18th to 20th 2009 in Santiago, Chile, at the headquarters of the Economic Commision of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The Second Meeting, “Observing crime and producing useful results for the community”, examined more closely the analyses produced by observatories and described their use by governments and the community. Coming from 18 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 200 persons—authorities, experts, academics and field representatives of NGOs—participated in the meeting. During the Second Observatory Meeting, ICPC continued to compile its list of observatories around the world. So far, 102 structures have responded to the questionnaire on observatories made available online by the Centre.

Following the discussions of this Meeting, two conclusions emerged:

• The need for diversifying the sources of information to achieve the principal objective of an observatory that must provide the most reliable image of the reality and complexity of crime (focus groups, interviews with practitioners, victimization surveys, etc.);

• The need for contextualizing data relative to crime, i.e., putting statistics and victimization surveys back into a body of information that allows them to “speak” with more pertinence and thereby deduce orientations of policies better adapted from them. These contextualization efforts will naturally lead observatories to develop local analyses.



•    The report (PDF)
•    The program (PDF)
•    The presse release (PDF)

•    The presse review (PDF)

The speakers' presentations are available below (Please note that the presentations are in their original language and not all are available)


Official opening and welcom addres
Gloria REQUENA BERENDIQUE, Director, Public Security Division (Ministry of the Interior, CHILE)

Plenary session: Results from the observation : how useful is it? And for whom?

Víctor Hugo MUÑOZ, Analyst (CISALVA Institute, COLUMBIA)
Gregory SLOANE-SEALE, Programme coordinator (Citizens Security Programme, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
Karl HENRY, in charge of the Pole for Indicators and Tendencies (National Observatory of Delinquency in Public Transport, FRANCE)
Francisco GALVEZ (National Council for the Control of Narcotics, CHILE)
Jairo GARCIA, Director of Urban Security,  (Bogota Chamber of Commerce, COLOMBIA)
Alexandra NESTERENKO (Paris Observatory for Public Peace in Paris, FRANCE)

Developing new tools in support of observatories

Introduction : Jean CARRIERE, Associate Professor, Department of Geography (University of Quebec at Montreal, Atlas Group, CANADA)
Francisco TRONCOSO,  Head of the Section of Control for the Division of Public Security (Ministry of the Interior, CHILE)
Burkhard HASENPUSCH, Council for Crime Prevention (Lower Saxony Department of Justice, GERMANY)
Jean-Luc BESSON,  responsible for cartographic studies and SIG (National Observatory of Delinquency, FRANCE)
Serge COLOMBIÉ, in charge of Prevention of Urban Risks (Ville de Drancy, FRANCE)
Carmen PAVON, Head of the State department Unit of External Relations, Publications and Events (Security Observatory of Ayuntamiento of Madrid, SPAIN)
Rémi BOIVIN, Department of Research and Planning (Montreal Police Force, CANADA)
Claudio BEATO, General Coordinator (Centre for Crime and Public Safety Studies, Federal University of Minas Gerais, BRAZIL)

Comparisons at the international level

Introduction : Valérie SAGANT, Director (International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, CANADA)
Gregory E. SCARBRO, Unit Chief and Robert J. Casey, Section Chief, (Crime Statistics Management Unit, FBI / Justice Information Service Division, USA)
Christophe SOULLEZ, Department Head, National Observatory of Delinquency, National Institute of Higher Studies in Security (FRANCE)
Cédric FOUSSARD, director (International Juvenile Justice Observatory, BELGIUM)
Carlos MALDONADO et Diane ALMERAS, Officers of social affairs, Division of gender affairs (Observatory of gender equality in Latin America and Caribbean – CEPAL, CHILE)
Antonio FREY, Information Unit Chief and Lylian MIRES, Study Unit Chief, Public Security Division (Ministry of the Interior, CHILE)
Lucia DAMMERT, Director, Security and Citizenship Program (FLACSO, CHILI)

The crime observatories : result and prospect
President of the workshop : Alain BAUER, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Observatory of Delinquency (FRANCE)
Introduction : Joanie PRINCE, Analyst and Project Manager (International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, CANADA)
Elizabeth BLANEY, Associate Researcher (Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence, CANADA)
Roberto SAMAYOA, coordinator (Observatorio Centroamericano sobre Violencia, SALVADOR)
Vincenzo CASTELLI, coordinator (Observatory and Centre for Traffic Resource of Esseri Umani, ITALY)
Jean CARRIERE, Associate Professor, Department of Geography (University of Quebec at Montreal, Atlas Group, CANADA)
Yvano DE BIASIO, Civil Servant in Prevention (Prevention and Safety Management, Town of Charleroi, BELGIUM)

Round Table « Assess Crime and Produce Results Useful for the Community »
Animator : Franz VANDERSCHUEREN, Director of the Urban Safety Program (University of Hurtado, CHILE)
Elkin VELASQUEZ MONSALVE, Geography Group Coordinator (Centre of Research for Social Dynamics, External University of Columbia, COLUMBIA)
Santiago REBOLLEDO, President of the Security and Citizenship committee (Chile’s city council association, CHILE)
Claude VÉZINA, Urban safety counsellor (CANADA)
Véronique KETELAER, prevention functionary for the City of Brussels and Director of BRAVVO Association (BELGIUM)