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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach of crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments.  CPTED strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants so they can gain territorial control of areas, reduce crime, and minimize fear of crime.  CPTED is pronounced 'sep-ted' and is also known around the world as Designing out Crime, defensible space, and other similar terms. 

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CPTED Basic is a three-day course developed to introduce CPTED principals. This classroom course focuses on reducing crime opportunities by modifying the environment. Students will be introduced to how the physical environment can have a direct relationship on human behaviour. Instruction will be from a combination of Edmonton Police officers working in this field and additional subject matter experts in various aspects of CPTED.

CPTED Advanced is a four-day course developed to include advanced first generation CPTED concepts and second generation CPTED. This class includes both classroom and field components. Upon completion students will have the skills to complete CPTED inspections and reports as well as identify solutions for individual property up to neighbourhood scale level issues.

These courses are open to law enforcement officers (peace officers, by-law), city planners, architects, private security managers, private and public sector property managers, and other members of the community who are interested in crime prevention.  

Our next Basic course will be held on October 8-10, 2024. The Advanced CPTED** course will be on November 19-21, 2024.

Courses will be held in-person at: EPS SW Branch: 1351 Windermere Way. We are now accepting registrations for the Basic and the Advanced courses. Space is limited. 

Course fee for Basic or Advanced: $300 (G.S.T. included)

**Please note that Basic CPTED is a pre-requisite for the Advanced course. 

**Deadline for registration: Basic CPTED received no later than September 15, 2024.

**Deadline for registration: Advanced CPTED received by no later than November 15, 2024.

For further information regarding CPTED please contact us at CPTED@edmontonpolice.ca

Additional resource for CPTED reports and inspections please contact wildroseCPTED@gmail.com