In order to create resilience against terrorism, local and regional authorities in Europe have taken a number of steps to prevent terrorist attacks and protect their citizens. By developing common guidelines and exchanging good practices the next step has been set to reaching sustainable and effective solutions. In correlation to these considerations, local authorities can play a significant role in improving the protection of public spaces. By enhancing awareness on vulnerabilities within their own public space and through acquiring knowledge about existing solutions, both technological and human-centred, local and regional authorities are creating resilience against terrorist attacks.
The PRoTECT Consortium invited law enforcement agencies, local authorities, European-funded projects and the private sector to exchange best practices and technologies in a series of three PRoTECT webinars, hosted on 15, 15 and 17 July 2020. You will find audio and visual recordings, along with closed captioning, below.
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Session 1 (15 July, 10am CEST) Panel: The protection of public spaces at policy and strategy level
The EU Action Plan and the working document on Good Practices to Support the Protection of Public Spaces state that the co-production of public space protection is key, particularly in the context of terrorism. Preventing and mitigating terrorist threats require raising awareness among local and regional authorities and training them. Furthermore, it is important they cooperate with each other as well as with the private sector. Increased cooperation is also needed between the local, regional and national levels of governance.
Session 2 (16 July, 10am CEST) Case studies: The protection of public spaces at practitioner level
“There is no one single solution available, conversely, multiple methods and techniques can be put in place to guarantee safety and security in public spaces. The techniques range from architectural design in order to rethink the design of public spaces keeping security into account in continuity to emerging technologies such as AI and predictive surveillance. Moreover, whenever new technologies could appear to be expensive in cost and questionable regarding privacy, or when it could be difficult to rethink and re-project public spaces, building an action plan in order to mitigate, prevent and manage crime events would be a viable solution" (PRoTECT Best Practices and Technologies).
This session presented an overview of the PRoTECT best practices and case studies implemented by cities for the protection of public spaces.
Session 3 (17 July, 10am CEST): The PRoTECT project’s perspective on the protection of public spaces
Devising hypothetical threat scenarios in specific public spaces that are potential soft targets for a terrorist attack can greatly help municipalities assess existing solutions to prevent or mitigate such attacks. The European Union’s Technology Evaluation Framework (TEF) is a unique tool for evaluating such solutions and/or technologies, which local authorities can tailor to their specific needs and vulnerabilities. During this session, the Request for Information procedure to identify potential solutions to be demonstrated in the five PRoTECT partner cities was presented, along with the use and application of the TEF, and the technological solutions selected by municipalities.