27 June 2022
Above: Dutch practitioners meet with counterparts in Aurora, Colarado.
Connecting cities and identifying opportunities for mayors, local officials, and practitioners to engage and share approaches, programs and perspectives is at the foundation of the Strong Cities Network mission.
A recent visit to the City of Aurora, Colorado by a group of Dutch practitioners resulted from connections made at an October 2021 Strong Cities Network workshop in Brussels. In May, Mr. Rob Out, National Advisor on PCVE and International Police Cooperation at National Police Netherlands led a visit by Dutch police officers to Aurora for what was a valuable exchange.
The Dutch delegation began their program with a study visit to the Aurora Police Department, where they met with counterpart officers and mental health clinicians from the city, as well as prevention staff from the State of Colorado. The delegation presented their programs and exchanged approaches to navigating opportunities and challenges associated with multidisciplinary prevention efforts. They then engaged in a dynamic facilitated dialogue on mental health and law enforcement collaboration and committed to continuing the dialogue on these crucial issues going forward.
During the visit, the Dutch delegation delivered their Sensitizing Frontline Professionals for the Prevention of Radicalization (SEPPRa) Train-the-Trainer course to professionals from across the private sector, local law enforcement, state prevention teams, and the mental health sector.