Crime prevention through cooperation

Project duration: 2004

Project supported by:
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project coordinator:
Aarhus Municipality, Skjoldhojskolen, Denmark

Project partners:
Modern Didactics Center, Lithuania
Saint Petersburg, Krasnogvardeyskij District, Russia

Project aim
Project was aimed to prevent youth delinquency and to increase school attendance by joining efforts of school, social service and police.
Project objectives
  • To share experiences about crime prevention organization in Denmark, Russia and Lithuania.
  • To train civil servants from schools, social services and police to develop crime prevention networks.
  • To establish a local organizations for cooperation between schools, social sector and police.
  • To secure sustainability for such networks in the future.
Project participants
29 representatives of these institutions participated in the project:
Teachers of Lentvaris M.Simelionis Secondary School of the Trakai Region, Lithuania
Representatives of Trakai region police office, Lithuania
Representatives of Trakai region municipality, Lithuania
Teachers of Saint Petersburg gymnasium No. 117, Russia
Representatives of Saint Petersburg Krasnogvardeyskiy district police office, Russia
Representatives of Saint Petersburg Krasnogvardeyskiy district Education department, Russia

Lecturers and consultants
Brigitte Julie RASMUSSEN, director of Frydenlundskolen, former SSP consultant
Arne NIELSEN, SSP consultant

Project activities
In Denmark schools, social services and the police are all directly by law obliged to carry out crime preventive work in the widest possible sense. At the same time precisely these three organizations have a thorough knowledge of and close contact to the children and young people in their local area. Cooperation between schools, social services and police has been developed during the last 20 years, and is mentioned as SSP Cooperation.
The central aim for SSP Cooperation - to build up a local network that has a crime preventive effect on the daily life of children and young people.
Crime prevention activities has a high priority for partners in Russia and in Lithuania.

On 25-27 February 2004 in Vilnius there were organised trainings for Lithuanian and Russian teams. Both project participants and lecturers Brigitte Julie RASMUSSEN and Arne NIELSEN shared the experience of crime prevention in their regions. Lecturers introduced the Danish SSP model.
SSP scheme

During March-May 2004 teams developed their own SSP models and action plans, that were presented during partner meeting in Saint Petersburg on 11-14 May. 

Implementing the local SSP plan Lentvaris M. Simelionis secondary school decided to resolve problem of school attendance. Inter institutional work group was built according mayor order, that joined the efforts of teachers, social workers, police officers and parents. Class teachers started to investigate cases of not attendance of lessons informing parents, school administration and work group. Social pedagogues collected information, visited families, worked with students individually. Policeman performed preventive work with students and families as well. 
During the project year there were organised 7 meetings of work group, signed 37 contracts with students, 12 families were visited. 34 students started to attend lessons, 10 students improved their attendance. With the initiative of young policeman supporters there were organized "pupils to pupils" activity and posters-drawings campaign "It is good at school".
Action plan of Russian team
Action plan of Lithuanian team
Activities report of Lithuanian team

Project results
  • Project participants analyzed the actual problem of youth delinquency.
  • Participants were trained in cooperation and network activities by Danish experts.
  • Work plans for local activities were developed.
  • Local networks between schools, social services and police are going to be established.

Workshop in Vilnius on 25-27 February 2004 m.



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