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Integral safety and the safety chain

Australian Institute of Criminology, Jack Wever
22 November 2000 -

Jack Wever
Province of Overijssel, the Netherlands


Jack Wever is Program Leader Integral Safety at the Cabinet of the Queen's Commissioner, Department of Governmental Affairs, Province of Overijssel, the Netherlands and member of the National Integral Safety Forum, which is responsible for the National Integral Safety Program. Both Integral Safety Programs cover a wide range of safety issues, including crisis management, seniors and safety, public-private partnerships, safety effect report (SER), public surveillance, CPTED and traffic safety. He has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Leyden University (the Netherlands) and a Masters degree in Criminology from Bond University.

In 1993 the so-called 'purple' Dutch coalition government of liberals, socialists and democrats that is still in power, presented the first Integral Safety Report (ISR 1993). This report was a joint responsibility of the Home Office, the Justice Department, the Department of Social Affairs and Employment, the Department of Traffic and Water, and the Department of Public Housing, Planning and Environment. Besides offering a 'state of the nation' in terms of safety, this report also introduced the concept of 'integral safety' as government policy.

In this seminar Jack Wever explored the concept of integral safety and one of its key features, the safety chain. The introduction of this concept in the Netherlands has led to a shift in policy making from the police to local government. While the political-administrative setting of safety policy in the Netherlands is different from Australia, many of the basic elements of the concept of integral safety could be worthwhile in the Australian setting.