ARCHIVE - Seminar│Current Challenges in Community Policing

The topic

Community policing itself is not a fundamentally new strategy. It emerged in North America in the 1980s and arrived in Switzerland at the start of the 2000s. Nevertheless, this transcontinental journey was not all smooth sailing. Indeed, although the concept of community policing arrived easily enough, applying and implementing it have been and remain far more difficult.

In Switzerland today, community policing struggles to be seen as a legitimate innovative policing process, and it sometimes remains trapped in the municipal police practices of the past. Occasionally, it seems that community policing lacks credibility in the eyes of the police as well as those of the public. Nevertheless, at both the research level and in the field, experiences abroad have shown that community policing is the contemporary policing strategy which best responds to managing incivilities, antisocial behaviour, delinquency, social and cultural cohesion, and, as a consequence, the general feelings of insecurity that these problems engender.

Thus, although the basic concept of community policing seems to be known in Switzerland, its effective implementation and use (requiring the decisive involvement of other stakeholders) are still not occurring. For this reason, in order to increase efficiency (internally) and effectiveness (externally), community policing must become the main actor and coordinator of a public security partnership adapted to the Swiss context.


Participants who participate actively throughout the entire seminar will be awarded a certificate of attendance from the Formation Continue UNIL-EPFL Foundation.



By the end of the seminar, participants will have analysed and critiqued community policing practices with the help of the following contributions:

  • An overview of the principal challenges facing community policing in Switzerland and abroad;
  • The integrated strategy of a public security partnership plan;
  • Operationalisation of a public security partnership plan, with analysis grids and concrete tools to configure that plan;
  • Presentations of current community policing measures (lectures).
Target audience

Any individuals responsible for designing or conducting community policing measures, in particular:

  • Senior police officers;
  • Officers responsible for community, neighbourhood and sector policing;
  • Officers responsible for crime prevention units;
  • Officers responsible strategic policing analysis;
  • Partners with community police work (leaders of neighbourhood residents’ associations, social street worker, etc.)
  • Political representatives dealing with public safety or social cohesion issues.
Teaching methods

In the spirit of co-construction sought after in public security partnership plans, the seminar gives a significant place to sharing experiences and integrating new operational approaches to public security. The seminar alternates presentations, debate, individual assessments and exchanges of best practices within the framework of public security partnerships.

In order to maintain the quality of the exchanges between participants and of the teaching, the number of participants is limited to 20. It is recommended that registration is done as early as possible.


Active participation in the entire seminar entitles you to a certificate issued by the FCUE.

Registration fees

The fee for this two-day training seminar is CHF 950. This price includes all the written documentation used in class, meals and coffee breaks. A fee of CHF 300 will be charged in cases of cancellation after the registration deadline.

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