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Anyone involved in making our communities safer should come to Leeds this June.

That's the message from the organisers of the 14th annual National Community Safety Network (NCSN) conference, which takes place on the 9th and 10th June at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

NCSN has unveiled a packed conference, programme comprising top international speakers and the industry's leading lights alongside seminars and workshops that will give anyone working in community safety the opportunity to air their views, share their knowledge, network and hear the latest thinking from industry leaders and other community safety experts.

The annual conference, supported by Leeds City Council and Safer Leeds, brings together people from all over the world with a common interest in promoting safer communities. Over 350 people attended last year's event, representing a range of sectors including fire, police, ambulance, housing, security, drugs, alcohol, gun crime, violent crime and youth work professionals.

Former deputy assistant commissioner, Brian Paddick, is this year’s MC. He will introduce a packed programme of speakers, workshops, debates, master classes and networking opportunities, providing the perfect forum for sharing expertise and thinking across a range of cross cutting issues that can make a real difference to communities throughout the UK.

Jane Mowat, Chair, of the National Community Safety Network says, “Community safety moves further and further up the agenda every year, and there is a huge amount of work going into making our communities safer.

“The conference, brings these people together to share their experiences, thinking and expertise with people across other sectors whose goals are the same. Our aim is to integrate the vast amount of work that is going into making our communities safer, learning from others to improve community safety across the board.

“I'm particularly excited about the international element to this year's conference. We will be joined by Margaret Shaw, director of analysis and exchange at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime in Montreal; and Elizabeth Johnson, deputy director at the European Forum for Urban Safety (EFUS). They will be sharing their experiences and encouraging joint international working.”

“I'm also thrilled to welcome one of the UK's most influential housing professionals, Dr Tom Manion, current chief executive of Irwell Valley Housing Association. He'll be joined by Adam Crawford, Professor of Criminology at the University of Leeds to bring neighbourhood happiness to the agenda and explore the relationship between research, policy and practice in the fields of community safety as well as the regulation of anti-social behaviour.”

Throughout the conference, delegates will have plenty of opportunities to voice their opinions on the topics that really matter. A variety of master classes have been developed specifically to facilitate debate between academics and practitioners on the latest theories and address issues including 'Graffiti – Public Art or Vandalism?', as well as offender management and Leeds’ award-winning ‘Weapons Awareness’ programme.

Says Jane Mowat, “I would urge anyone involved in community safety to make time to come to the conference, – our feedback shows that the people who do come benefit hugely from their involvement, taking away useful contacts, knowledge and practical support that they can apply in their day-to-day work.”

Delegates can register online for the complete two-day programme or choose from a selection of events at:
http://www.community-safety.net/conference2009/reg.htm

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For more information, contact project manager Chris Wilson on 01904 757036 / email cwilson@tailormadeconferences.co.uk.

Note to editors:

The NCSN is the leading practitioner-led organisation supporting those involved in promoting community safety/crime reduction throughout the United Kingdom.

Currently the NCSN supports and represents over 400 members in the public, private and voluntary sectors, all with a common interest in promoting safer communities.

Key speaker biographies:

Brian Paddick
Conference MC
Previous roles have included Borough Commander for Merton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for 32 London Boroughs, and the national lead for the police service on disability and mental health issues. He has performed many high-profile roles, including police spokesperson for the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and after the London bombings on 7 July 2005, where he worked closely with the Muslim community.
Dr Tom Manion
Chief Executive
Irwell Valley Housing Association

Keynote Speaker Day 1

Dr. Tom Manion is the Chief Executive of Irwell Valley Housing Association. Under his tenure Irwell Valley has collected over 20 awards including the Outstanding Achievement in Housing in the United Kingdom - the highest professional accolade from the Chartered Institute of Housing. Tom has previously been named by The Independent newspaper as one of the top ten influential people in housing in the UK and The Guardian who cited him as one of the Top ten innovators in the UK, describing him as 'a charismatic pioneer'. A charismatic and inspirational speaker, Tom is not to be missed.
Adam Crawford
Professor of Criminology
University of Leeds

Keynote Speaker Day 1

Adam Crawford is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. His publications include The Local Governance of Crime (1997), Crime Prevention and Community Safety (1998), Crime and Insecurity (2002) and Plural Policing (2005). His latest book is an edited collection entitled Crime Prevention Policies in Comparative Perspectives which brings together contributions from leading European commentators to assess the development of crime prevention and community safety over the last two decades.
Margaret Shaw
Director of Analysis and Exchange
International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, Montreal, Canada

Keynote Speaker Day 2

Margaret Shaw is the Director of Analysis and Exchange at The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, Montreal, Canada. Much of her recent work has included studies of women's imprisonment offending and victimization, as well as restorative justice, community corrections and criminal policy. Her international experience at ICPC includes contribution to the Expert Group Meeting on the UN Guidelines for Crime Prevention (2002); an Expert Group Meeting on youth at risk in Africa (2002); work with the Programme Network Institutes of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Elizabeth Johnson
Deputy Director
European Forum for Urban Safety.

Keynote Speaker Day 2

Elizabeth Johnson is the Deputy Director of the European Forum for Urban safety (EFUS). This is a network and think tank gathering more than 300 local authorities: it endeavors to enhance safety policies based on a balance between prevention, repression and solidarity, and to consolidate the role of cities and local representatives in local safety policy partnerships throughout Europe. She has focused her work on providing support to intercity cooperation, collaborating with European instances and intergovernmental organizations and studying thematic areas such as at risk youth and unaccompanied minors.

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