Competence Center for Crime Prevention (Kfk)

Briefly about the Competence Center in english

Kfk was established November 1st  2015. The Center is under the Ministry of Justice and Public Security but also reports to a working group consisting of representatives from other Ministries:  Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, Ministry of Education and Research and Ministry of Culture. The involvement of so many Ministries reflects that the center shall have a comprehensive approach to crime prevention.

The center has five employees and is located in Møllergata 16 in Oslo. The center is an independent professional body, but is located administratively under the Mediation Board Secretariat.

Kfk takes over many of the tasks of the former National Crime Prevention Council (KRÅD).

The Competence Center shall:

  • Assist crime preventive work through counseling, with an emphasis on the local level.
  • Be a particular promoter of human resource development in the first line of the relevant sectors and help to stimulate professional development locally.
  • Maintain, develop and disseminate best practices to employees of police, children’s welfare, kindergartens, schools and other relevant services.
  • Encourage local crime prevention in the municipalities through SLT (coordination of local drug abuse and crime prevention measures).
  • Disseminate expertise through conferences, professional networking and mentoring.
  • Arrange an annual national conference for crime prevention.
  • Disseminate expertise through a dedicated website for crime prevention, as well as create and maintain contact and dialogue with other agencies that administer web sites that cover the prevention field.
  • Receive assignments from Ministry of Justice and Public Security for input from the ministry committee for crime prevention.
  • Provide professional input to the ministerial working group for crime prevention.
  • Identify needs for knowledge and research within the crime prevention field.

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