Turin: Juvenile Delinquency is a priority

The city of Turin, represented by the Department of Technological Investigations of the local police, is particularly keen to explore juvenile delinquency through IcARUS, as it considers that it can escalate into more serious crime if left to fester.

At a time when Turin is increasing the resources it allocates to urban security and safety, the IcARUS project provides the city with a valuable opportunity to expand its expertise in this area and improve the way it implements its security policies and strategies. Indeed, IcARUS explores two important pillars, research and innovation, which the municipality considers fundamental to successfully implement urban security policies and strengthen its capacity to mitigate emerging security risks or threats, ensure the safety of residents and securing its urban spaces from threats such as organised crime or terrorist attacks.

Tackling juvenile delinquency

As a partner in IcARUS, the city of Turin, and in particular the Department of Technological Investigations of the local police, is working closely with Efus and all other European partners on its chosen focus priority area, which is juvenile delinquency. It is looking to research, map out and eventually design policies that will effectively curb the growing phenomena of juvenile delinquency. Why? Because juvenile delinquency can fuel other urban security threats, notably radicalisation. The city thus considers key to prevent youngsters from behaviours that, if left unanswered, could escalate into more serious crime. Through IcARUS, the city is keen to tackle juvenile crimes such as stalking, bullying, robbery or theft under the threat of violence, which are too often underreported.  

The municipality is confident that the IcARUS consortium will produce comprehensive evidence-based research and design innovative technological tools tailored to the needs and context of each partner city. These in turn will be useful to other European cities faced with similar security challenges.