Safer Smarter Cities:
Cardiff Model 20th Anniversary

9am-12pm, 21st June, Marble Hall, City Hall

Cardiff Council in partnership with the Crime & Security Research Institute (CSRI) are hosting an invitation-only event at Cardiff's iconic City Hall to celebrate 20 years of pioneering violence reduction in Cardiff, based on a new prevention model derived from Cardiff University research discoveries. The event aims to summarise Cardiff Model achievements in Cardiff, nationally and overseas; and to present plans for future applications of the Model and for the use of new sources of data to further improve city safety.

The model, which provides a strategy for cutting violent crime using data from accident and emergency departments, was pioneered by Prof Jonathan Shepherd of Cardiff University. The programme was implemented widely across Wales in the mid-2000s and then across the rest of Great Britain following adoption by successive UK governments, and has since been implemented in the US, Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands. Current UK government commitment to implementing this is set out in the 2016 Crime Prevention Strategy published by the Home Office. The initiative is credited with achieving a "significant and enduring reduction in serious violence" in Cardiff resulting in a 32% drop in aggravated assaults and a 42% fall in hospital admissions in the city relative to similar UK cities where this Model was not implemented. Overall, violence related A&E attendances and hospital admissions in Cardiff have more than halved since the early 2000s.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Paul Orders, Chief Executive, City of Cardiff Council
  • Alun Michael, Police & Crime Commissioner for South Wales
  • Prof. Jonathan Shepherd, Associate Dean of Innovation, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Co-Director of Crime & Security Research Institute, Cardiff University
  • Dr Steven Sumner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, US
  • Prof. Martin Innes, Director of Universities' Police Science Institute and Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University
  • Prof. Alun Preece, Professor of Intelligent Systems, Co-director of Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University
  • Dave Braines, CTO Emerging Technology, IBM UK
  • Dr Adam Edwards, Reader in Politics and Criminology, Cardiff University

Guests will include leading academics, practitioners and policy makers in the fields of public health, community safety, policing and technology.

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Event Location

City Hall
Cathays Park
Cardiff CF10 3ND