Amapola – Projects on safety and security of cities and citizens is a non-profit organisation founded in January 2002. Since 2008, it has become a membership organisation made up of individual members. Its mission is to work on urban safety and security, adopting a holistic and multi-sectoral approach. Core competencies of the organisation include: crime, social deviance; use of public spaces, social cohesion and inclusion practices; organised crime, corruption, confiscated assets; local community development; new technologies, smart cities. Amapola’s work is strongly policy-oriented in order to contribute to building safer and more inclusive cities. Great attention is paid to the study of good practices as well as policy responses to meet the needs of citizens and local communities (analysis, feasibility studies, and elaboration, testing, and evaluation of interventions).
Amapola works with local authorities, private organisations, universities and research centres, thematic networks, associations, and schools.