The German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP) organises an annual national convention for the field of crime prevention and adjacent prevention topics. The Congress was founded in 1995, twentyone congresses have taken place by now (see list below).
The aim of the German Congress on Crime Prevention is to present and strengthen crime prevention within a broad societal framework. Thus it contributes to crime reduction as well as reducing both the fear of crime, and the number of victims of crime. The main objectives of the Congress are:
Presenting and exchanging current and basic questions of crime prevention and its effectiveness
Bringing together partners within the field of crime prevention
Functioning as a forum for the practice of crime prevention and for fostering the exchange of expertise
Helping to get into contact at the international level and to exchange information
Discussing implementation strategies
Developing and disseminating recommendations for practice, politics, administration and research in the field of crime prevention
Since 2007 the German Congress is hosting the Annual International Forum (AIF) to address the international (non-German speaking) audience. The aim of the AIF is to add a international perspective to the German Congress and to give the opportunity to share experiences in crime prevention on an international level. While the world is growing closer research as well as experience should be disseminated within a broad professional framework. Therefore we ask international experts from all areas of crime prevention to introduce, share and discuss their ideas, goals, outcomes, projects and speeches with other experts and to experience the German modality of crime prevention. All information about the current AIF is to be found here.
So far the following congresses have taken place: