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ISCPP Symposium returns to Canada after 30-year hiatus

The North American bi-annual symposium for the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) is returning to Canada this September after an absence of more than 30 years.

May 28, 2018  By Staff

The July 2013 International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS) class was held at Peel Regional Police in Mississauga

Formed in 1977, the ISCPP has a rich history of delivering its international crime prevention specialist (ICPS) training to students looking for basic crime prevention training, leading to the ICPS professional designation.  

However, the ISCPP has a limited profile throughout most of Canada, a fact that the ISCPP-Canadian president elect, Tom McKay, says he hopes to change, starting with the 2018 ISCPP Symposium.

The symposium represents a “tremendous opportunity to not only showcase Canadian crime prevention talent, but also raise the profile of the ISCPP throughout southern Ontario and western New York,” McKay notes. “It’s hoped that the 2018 symposium will spark interest in the organization as a whole, which offers its members a variety of services, including a quarterly newsletter known as the Practitioner.”

The symposium is part of the ISCPP’s global mission “to contribute to the reduction and control of criminal opportunity and victimization.” It not only stimulates the exchange of ideas among ISCPP members, McKay continues, but it also encourages crime prevention education and practice in public, private and voluntary sectors through an awards program.


The awards covers six main categories. The George Sunderland Practitioner of the Year Award recognizes “the significant contributions made by the outstanding crime prevention practitioners whose exceptional dedication and enthusiasm for crime prevention has provided a positive impact on the quality of life for others.”  

The remaining five categories recognize:

• Business of the Year,
• Crime Prevention Unit of the Year,
• Community Based Crime Prevention Program of the Year,
• Media Person of the Year,
• Volunteer of the Year (over/under population of 100,000).
Also helping to fulfill the ISCPP mandate is its International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS) program, which gives participants three-days of comprehensive crime prevention training, covering nineteen core areas. These include:

• History of Crime Prevention,
• Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED),
• Auto Theft,
• Identity Theft,
• Con Games,
• Armed Robbery,
• Multi-Housing Crime Prevention,
• Personal Safety.

The ISCPP has delivered thirteen classes internationally in the past two years under the leadership of current ISCPP President Tom Poe.

Visit for more and mark your calendars for the “Best Practices in Canadian Crime Prevention” themed conference and the pre-symposium ICPS training the week of Sept. 17, 2018, in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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