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European partners to tackle crime reduction.

COVENTRY is welcoming partners from six European countries to discuss and swop ideas on reducing crime levels in the community.

Warwick University plays host tomorrow (Thursday) and on Friday to a conference with the title: Partnership in delivering community safety - What works across Europe.

Organisers, who include Coventry Council's Action Against Crime Unit, Crime Concern, Nacro, and the European Forum for Urban Safety, want the event to promote the best practices in crime reduction schemes across Europe.

It is one of the biggest conferences of its kind hosted in the city, at which delegates will be encouraged to be part of a new European Crime Prevention Network being created by the European Union.

Other countries represented include France, Portugal, Italy, Belgium and Germany.

The council's existing partnership with Euro-pean cities is also helping a proposed bid to the European Commission's 'Hippokrates' programme to fund community safety work with young people in Coventry, St Etienne in France and Oeiras in Portugal.

Councillor Tom White (Lab, Henley), cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: "I'm delighted to welcome the delegates to Coventry. The partnerships we've established with other cities in Europe have played a big part in our successful bid for Beacon Status for City Centre Community Safety.

"I hope as a result of this event that we can continue to learn about and share the best approaches to tackling crime with more and more partners across the continent."

Agencies from Coventry including the Action Against Crime Team and West Midlands Police participated in a similar community safety conference in St Etienne last year.

As a result Coventry has established strong anti-crime links with one of its

French twin cities, St Etienne and similarly with Oeiras which is also twinned with St Etienne.
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