Title Urban Manager for Security, Safety and Crisis Management
Project Number 518620-LLP-2011-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Crime and instability in urban areas emerge from a variety of factors, economic decline; poor urban planning; ethnic/religious divides; organised crime; tensions due to immigration; environmental disasters; etc. Such problems persist in many European cities and are likely to be amplified by the recent economic downturn.
There is a need to identify and tackle these underlying problems to prevent undesirable security scenarios. In order to mitigate these undesirable security scenarios the task is to examine best practices in successful urban areas and thereby to develop a professional profile who can manage together with local policymakers security and safety concerns.
In particular the aim of the project is to create a new profile and develop an international pilot course (EQF level 8) for Urban Managers for Security, Safety and Crisis Management.
Security issues in urban areas are currently managed by local authorities who collaborate with several organisations in order to ensure an effective prevention and response to crisis events.
However there is still a gap between managerial skills of local authorities and the technical skills of other organisations such as Civil Protection, Emergency Inspectorates, Red Cross etc.
This gap is bringing difficulties in security prevention because of:
-inadequate communication systems
-limited use of available information
-lack of multidisciplinary knowledge
In this scenario we believe that there is the need of a harmonized model for prevention leaded by a specific Professional Profile: the Urban Manager for Security, Safety and Crisis Management (UMSSCM).
Despite some academic courses concerning the training of experts in disaster/risk management or administration of local authorities are offered in EU, knowledge is very limited and inadequate.
The aim is therefore to develop a specific framework for training and qualification based on EQF and ECVET standards that allow the acquisition of specific competences in the following areas:
-cultural, social and political scenario
-coordination and management of resources
-research and technology
The aims of the project are:
- to develop a new EU Profile for Manager for Security, Safety and Crisis Management (UMSSCM) that allows local authorities to refer to a single figure instead of referring to a plurality of actors working separately. The UMSSCM will have a CV based on knowledge in the following fields: law, sociology, economics, psychology, ecc. and will coordinate the relations and activities between local actors.
- to define criteria for qualification transfer and recognition through the development of a shared matrix to be used by competent organisations in order to check competences and identify training gaps before completing the process for the recognition of qualification
- to spread guidelines at EU level in order to explain why and how the profile can be introduced at local level and how local authorities can develop their own strategies in collaboration with the UMSSCM
- to organise a Pilot Course that could be joined through teleconference too and will be structured in modules characterised by a workload expressed in hours and points/credits
- to define access criteria and criteria for the recognition and transfer of credits
Concerning the multidisciplinary approach, the UMSSCM will be able to manage:
- Technical issues:
- Social and psychological issues
- Criminal and criminological issues
- Legal issues
- Managerial issues
- Environmental issues
In particular the UMSSCM will assist local authorities in two different way, that means through:
- an internal activity: coordination with personnel of the public authority
- an external activity: coordination with local authorities for Security, Public Order, Social Services etc.
Therefore, from the introduction of the new profile, the expected impacts at local level will be the following:
- decreasing of crimes
- prevention for environmental security management (waste management, emissions, etc.)
- improvement of social concerns and management procedures related to immigration
- reduction of factors related to public welfare and mental health
- fighting tax evasion
- proper management of urban, suburban and agricultural territories
- synergic activities with police authorities and government organisations
- faster resolution of emergencies and crisis events
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
description of new occupation profiles
transparency and certification
program or curricula
- Framework of actual legislation and training courses
- Surveys and interviews for target groups and end-users assessment
- Best practices review and collection for local actors
- Definition of learning outcomes and units to build a framework for training
- Career growth paths
- Pilot testing of the training framework through the preparation of teaching materials and traineeship organisation
Products for Management:
- Internal meetings
- Strategic documents for quality management: Quality Plan, Evaluation Guidelines
- Progress Reports
Products for dissemination:
- Strategic events: Kick-off meeting, Workshop
- IT tools: Website, Newsletters, Social Networks
- Informative materials: CDs, leaflets, posters, brochures