Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Training

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Training

NEW DATE:  October 3 - 5, 2022

Are you interested in learning how Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) can be implemented in your public spaces?  Have you struggled finding a course that is targeted to rural and small urban municipalities like yours?  You've come to the right place!
Join us on this 3-day training with a hands on approach where you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to implement CPTED in your municipality's public spaces such as neighbourhoods, parks and trails, and shopping and business districts.  Through an instructor-led walk-about of the Town of Barrhead, you will use CPTED principles learned in class to assess public spaces in the Town of Barrhead.

What is CPTED?

CPTED is a philosophy of manipulating the built environment to create safer public spaces and neighbourhoods.  The "broken window" principle outline that neglected zones invite crime suggesting that well-maintained and groomed spaces identify ownership of a property.  Further, appropriate environmental design increases the perception that any criminal behaviour on a well-maintained property will be detected and the criminal apprehended.  This perception is the single largest deterrent to crime.  CPTED principles recommend the planting of trees and shrubs, elimination of escape routes, correct use of lighting, and encouraging increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic.  Research conducted around spaces implementing CPTED principles has shown that these measures significantly reduce criminal activity.


What will I learn in this course?

- Introduction to First Generation CPTED
- CPTED Definitions and Strategies
- Lighting for Safety and Security
- Practical Exercise using Four CPTED Concepts
- Landscaping
- Barriers; Real vs Symbolic
- Second Generation CPTED
- Traffic Calming
- CPTED Report Writing
- Practical Exercise Using UAV footage
- Group Field Assessments at Offsite Locations
- Group Presentations of Lessons Learned
- Exam

You will learn how the design of the environment in a public space can control human and criminal behaviour, reducing the fear of crime.  Through this reduction of fear, public use will increase (natural surveillance) which will lead to a reduction in opportunity for crime.  The importance of lighting and understanding of the different aspects of lighting on the effects of human behaviour will also be discussed.  Through field study, you will learn how to effectively apply the skills learned in class to public spaces in the Town of Barrhead through an instructor-led site survey.


Who should attend?

This course is ideal for municipal leaders, planning and development staff and community services personnel.  If you fall into the categories below, this course is for you!

- Municipal Leaders (Council, CAO)
- Urban Planners
- Rural Planners
- Landscape Architects
- Park Planners
- Landscape Architects
- Architects
- Engineers
- Security Consultants
- Community Peace Officers
- Public Health Personnel
- Educators
- School Planners
- Neighbourhood Redevelopment
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Bylaw Enforcement
- Business Improvement Associations

Meet Your Instructor 

John is a former police officer retiring in 2020 after 33 years of service with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and Edmonton Police Service (EPS).  John worked in a variety of areas including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB), Youth Bureau (YB), Training and Education (T&E), Special Weapons Tactical Unit (SWAT), Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU), and Crime Prevention Unit (CPU).
In 2014, during his time in the Crime Prevention Unit, John was introduced to CPTED.  He immediately saw the benefits of CPTED and became the subject matter expert for the Edmonton Police Service.  John took part in numerous (CPTED assessments and overlooked assessments conducted by Edmonton Police Officers as well as facilitated CPTED courses.  John embraced CPTED because he recognized that CPTED helped reduce or prevent crime unlike traditional policing methods that had officers responding to calls that were in progress, or already happened.  Retiring gave John the opportunity to pursue his passion with CPTED and he created CPTED Alberta (
John is working towards establishing a Canadian Chapter of the International CPTED Association (ICA).  He looks forward to sharing knowledge with and learning from a diverse group of brilliant people in efforts to improve safety and quality of life for as many people as possible in his country and around the world.