German Congress on Crime Prevention & Annual International Forum on Crime Prevention

Am Waterlooplatz 5a 30169 Hanover Germany

The German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP) was founded in 1995 as an annual national convention for the field of crime prevention. The aim of the GCOCP is to present and strengthen crime prevention within a broad societal framework and to contribute to reduce both the number of victims of crime and the fear of crime. The main objectives of the Congress are to:

  • Present and exchange current ideas and knowledge about crime prevention and its effectiveness
  • Bring together partners within the field of crime prevention
  • Function as a forum for the practice of crime prevention and for fostering the exchange of expertise
  • Help establish contacts at the international level and to exchange information
  • Discuss implementation strategies
  • Develop and disseminate recommendations for practice, policy, administration and research in the field of crime prevention

These are also the aims of the Annual International Forum (AIF) within the GCOCP, which was established in 2007, to brings together an international audience to share their experiences in crime prevention. At the AIF, international experts from all areas of crime prevention share and discuss their ideas, goals, outcomes, and projects with other experts from around the world and learn about crime prevention in Germany.

So far the following congresses have taken place: 1995 in Lübeck, 1996 in Münster, 1997 and 1998 in Bonn, 1999 in Hoyerswerda, 2000 and 2001 in Düsseldorf, 2003 in Hanover, 2004 in Stuttgart, 2005 in Hanover, 2006 in Nuremberg, 2007 in Wiesbaden, 2008 in Leipzig, 2009 in Hanover, 2010 in Berlin, 2011 in Oldenburg, 2012 in Munich, and 2013 in Bielefeld.

VPA focal persons

Erich Marks studied Educational Theory, Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Bielefeld. Since 2001 he has been the Director of the Crime Prevention Council in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice. Erich Marks holds various honorary posts: Founding Executive Director of the German Foundation for the Prevention of Crime (DVS); Founding Managing Director of GCOCP; Secretary of the Executive Committee of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC); Vice President of the European Forum for Urban Safety (EFUS); and Founding Chairman of the Foundation Pro Kind.

Marc Coester studied educational science at the University of Tübingen and worked for the Institutes of Criminology at the Universities of Tübingen and Marburg. His PhD dissertation focused on the comparison of hate crimes in Germany and the USA. He worked for the Crime Prevention Council of Lower Saxony in Hanover within the "Beccaria-Project: Knowledge Transfer in Crime Prevention" ( and led the working group "Prevention of Right-Wing Extremism". Currently he is professor for Criminology at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (Department of Police and Security Management). He is also involved in a project on recidivism among former youth prison inmates in the state of Hesse as well as the youth work organisation "Kulturwerkstatt e.V. Reutlingen" ( His main interests are crime prevention, youth delinquency, and hate crimes.