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International City Exchanges program between the cities of Liège (Belgium), Bordeaux (France) and Montreal (Canada) / 2004-2008

Exchange program, Belgium-France-Canada


The Exchange program between the cities of Bordeaux, Liège and Montreal was launched as a result of a proposal by the City of Liège along with the Belgian Ministry of the Interior with the support of ICPC. The main objective of the program was to explore the three technical phases characterizing the approach used regarding the management of nuisance in public places, including: 1. diagnosis, 2. action plan 3. evaluation. In particular, the focus was on the issue of public nuisance relating to the phenomena of addiction and prostitution in public spaces, as these acts of public nuisance have shown some important similarities between the three cities.

In this context, three meetings were held over three years in each participating city, at which the ICPC was present. The work of the cities and the discussions led by the ICPC helped draft a methodological manual for municipalities. The final version of the manual "Public nuisances relating to drugs and prostitution: Practical workbook for local action" was released in 2007. This methodological guide proposes the application of a local strategy following three phases of nuisance management (diagnosis, action plan and evaluation), as well as practical tools to support these goals.

In 2008, the ICPC, in cooperation with Métropolis, organized a first continuing-education training session based on the aforementioned report, on Local Strategy for Public Safety and Crime Prevention. In addition to presenting the strategy’s broad phases of implementation, the session also presented tools to support their implementation.

Le programme d’Échanges entre les villes de Bordeaux, Liège et Montréal a été lancé sur proposition de la Ville de Liège et du Ministère de l’Intérieur belge avec l’appui du CIPC. Ce programme avait pour but d’explorer chacune des trois phases techniques qui caractérisent la démarche suivie pour ce qui est de la gestion des nuisances dans l’espace public, soit : 1. le diagnostic ; 2. le plan d’action ; 3. l’évaluation. Plus particulièrement, les travaux ont porté sur la problématique des nuisances publiques relatives aux phénomènes de toxicomanie et de prostitution dans l’espace public, alors que ces nuisances ont présenté d’étonnantes similarités entre les trois villes.