Increased security of citizens against terrorism, including in public spaces

Improved vulnerabilities identification, assessments and mitigation strategies while preserving the openness quality; Improved training for enhanced preparedness. Enhanced planning and modelling capabilities, vulnerability-based, for security practitioners and policy-makers.

Expected Outcomes: Projects’ results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

  • Improved vulnerability assessments by law enforcement and local managers of public spaces with a specific focus on countering and/ or preventing terrorist attacks or other forms of severe violence (amok, mass-riots), including attacks with explosives; 
  • Better identification of specific vulnerabilities and elaboration of mitigation strategies by security practitioners and policy-makers due to the possibility to simulate attack-scenarios in any public space in realistic conditions and to test and train different prevention and response measures;
  • Improved training of Law Enforcement Agencies in collaboration with different public and private actors (e. g., crisis management and civil protection authorities, fire brigades, regulatory agencies, emergency health services, private security companies, etc.) to enhance their preparedness to attacks on public spaces; 
  • Enhanced planning capabilities of security practitioners and policy-makers due to the identification of potential vulnerabilities connected to the design/refurbishment and construction/improvement of different public spaces and measures to reduce them by implementing a comprehensive security-by-design approach in urban planning (also including aspects of social inclusion).
  • Enhanced modelling capabilities of security practitioners, policy-makers and research institutions due to the identification of potential vulnerabilities connected to the different public spaces, analysis of crowd behaviour and possible emergence of various threats to security in order to minimize possible threats and vulnerabilities and supporting planning of respective resources and activities.