The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) are initiating and supporting crime prevention efforts on both local, regional and national levels.
Social intervention groups (SIG) and school, social services, police and free time activity (SSPF) initiatives are two forms of collaboration that aim to prevent children and youth from committing crimes by ensuring collaboration between the municipality, the police and other local stakeholders. The difference between these forms of collaboration is that they were developed for different target groups, with SIG aimed at youth at higher risk. However, in practice, the target groups for these initiatives vary between municipalities. Below we present the original idea behind each model.
Social intervention groups (SIG) were developed to help youth at high risk of committing crimes to shun the criminal lifestyle. The main partners involved here are social services, the police and the schools.
SSPF was developed to identify youth at risk of entering or in the initial stages of a life of crime. This form of collaboration involves schools, social services, the police and free time activities.
Each year, a competition is held to recognise the best local crime prevention project in the EU – the European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA). The competition is organised by the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN), a network of crime prevention organisations in the EU. The purpose of the competition is to reward the best European crime prevention projects. Authorities, businesses and other organisations that have conducted crime prevention projects or initiatives related to the annual theme are free to enter.
Brå selects Sweden's competition entry. This is done by means of a national competition and award ceremony. The winning entry then represents Sweden in the European competition, which is held in conjunction with the Best Practice Conference (BPC).