Law enforcement agencies and first responders’ attitude towards security in mass gatherings events

The events in Europe in recent years have made security and risk perception a topic with high interest. Citizens’ risk perception across the 28 EU member states has been surveyed by different Special Eurobarometer public opinion surveys. Enabling security as societal value is a guiding principle of the research carried out in LETSCROWD. A shift is needed from a vision of security as “guarantee of public order” to a perspective of “construction of security”. According to the last one, security is built and shared, and each stakeholder and citizen contributes to its maintenance. Thus, security can be seen under a bottom up perspective, where feelings and participation of citizens and of involved practitioners (e.g. Security officers, Law Enforcement Agencies Officers, first responders) is of fundamental importance to guide and influence decision makers in establishing policies, investments and implement proper prevention and mitigation measures. That is why the LETSCROWD project launched a survey to investigate the perception of security with respect to a new domain not yet explored at EU level: the mass gathering events. The survey explores the following aspects:

  • Perception of security in mass gatherings events;
  • Perception of the actions taken by the law enforcement authorities and other relevant stakeholders to combat threats at national and EU level;
  • Perception of the contributions given by new technologies to enhance security (especially in mass gatherings) and their impact on human rights and freedoms.

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