Dutch Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety
The Dutch Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety (CCV) is the pre-eminent national centre that develops and implements coherent instruments designed to enhance community safety. CCV stimulates cooperation between public and private organisations to achieve a coordinated, integrated approach to crime prevention, and forms a bridge between policy and practice.
CCV is set up as an independent foundation. The executive tasks of a number of organisations are combined into one single ‘agency’. Each partner, private or public, contributes to crime prevention and safety according to its own responsibilities and capabilities.
Cooperation is the key. Without it, CCV cannot move forward. Therefore CCV encourages crime prevention initiatives and cooperation between public and private organisations. By developing unique networks on safety themes CCV inspires and motivates public-private partnerships to enter into new forms of cooperation. CCV organises meetings and workshops to give these networks an extra impulse, so that they can grow stronger, larger and more active.
In terms of content, CCV plays an important role by forging links between science, policy and practice. Helping parties take action is an important theme. So much information is available; the CCV wants to offer it in a concrete form so that it can be put to use immediately. CCV-employees can be seen as knowledge brokers who realise that much depends on their capacity to provide this knowledge as effectively as possible.
CCV has grouped its activities into a number of thematic programmes: safe homes, safe communities, safe enterprises, public safety policy, administrative approach and compliance expertise (aimed at influencing behaviour). Moreover, CCV manages and develops quality schemes and instruments and builds results in the areas of accreditation and standardisation.
What does the CCV do?
CCV is an expertise centre for information, advice and support for safety professionals. It’s not surprising then that there is much to be done. Bringing structure to the broad package of activities, making information available and accessible to all partners, identifying best practices to avoid reinventing the wheel, supporting initiatives: these are just some of the tasks the centre performs every day.