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Training course "Safety Councils in Serbia"


Materials for 4-day training course, developed by the OSCE Mission to Serbia


Community Safety is not the responsibility of any single agency. Municipal government agencies and the local Police both play a key role, as do voluntary organisations, local businesses, the media, other emergency services and, crucially, community representatives. By working together these organisations and their members can all play a part in tackling issues that affect the safety, or feelings of safety, of citizens.

The successful implementation of a community safety scheme rests upon the following key principles:

  • respecting the rights of citizens;
  • responding to public concerns about their safety and their feelings of safety;
  • recognising that local people often have the best understanding of local problems;
  • working in partnership with the community and all relevant organisations or groups to identify and solve these problems; and
  • that no single organisation working alone can solve problems affecting the whole community.

A successful community safety scheme will improve security and safety, increase citizens’ feelings of safety and encourage community participation.

This 4-day training course covers the following topics:

  • Defining Community Safety
  • Role and scope of a Safety Councils
  • Methodology of forming a Safety Council
  • Audits and Surveys
  • Strategic and Communication plans
  • Working Groups and Action Plans
  • Implementation issues and monitoring progress
  • Administration