The 2016-2019 Municipal Action Plan (PAM) is the city's roadmap for this period, the cornerstone of the political strategy and main goals for the City Council's current term of office which sets out the results it is hoped will be achieved by the Council's actions.
With regard to prevention and safety services, the PAM sets out the following city goals:
- To roll out a new citizen participation model for designing public safety and prevention policies.
- To foster a joint vision and action on municipal prevention and safety policies, encouraging dialogue and mediation as the way to resolve conflicts.
- To ensure transparency in all action on safety and coexistence.
- To adapt municipal services and resources for coexistence and public safety to the needs and characteristics of the area.
2016-2019 Prevention and Safety Plan
A joint public safety framework will be developed, based on proximity, territoriality and transparency and the 2016-2019 Prevention and Safety Plan. This will coordinate and drive joint responses, from different perspectives and by sharing information and knowledge, on coexistence and public safety in the city, adapted to new citizen and territorial demands and realities.
Rolling out the neighbourhood policing model
In line with the principle of proximity, the aim is to strengthen the territorial unit model in the Guàrdia Urbana (GUB). This will ensure greater police presence and more contact with the public in all the city's neighbourhoods, reinforcing the preventive side of the city force's work and enriching community networking with local bodies, retailers, centres and services. This new model will involve resizing the central units and reorganisation to strengthen territorial back-up when required.
New coexistence byelaw
The byelaw is being adapted to the new vision of the phenomena that intervene in the community and private settings of everyday coexistence between people. This means viewing byelaws as another element in the new pact on coexistence, designed to ensure everyone can share public spaces, avoiding exclusive uses and favouring compatible ones. Avoiding regulating and penalising behaviour that is already regulated by supramunicipal regulations. Paying particular attention to groups at risk of social exclusion and who are particularly vulnerable, adopting social measures rather than penalising them. Not penalising healthy, socially accepted habits such as nudism, and making sure that the neighbourhoods are free of aggressive advertising that gives us a bad impression of our surroundings.
Fostering a plural, mainstream perspective of public safety and coexistence while strengthening preventive action in public spaces
This means interdisciplinary action (from urban planning to social action, from police intervention to education, and so on) to reinforce preventive action in relation to coexistence and safety in public spaces. In other words, working with the public, with all the agencies involved and with the third sector, so a collective model of coexistence and safety can be built, sharing knowledge to diagnose the situation together and make it possible to spot conflicts developing in the neighbourhoods at an early stage.
Fostering mediation as a tool for handling everyday conflicts in communities peacefully
This means spreading mediation techniques, techniques for seeking agreements and compromise that help people to live together, as another way of managing old and new conflicts between neighbours
Adapting the Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona (GUB) to new needs
This involves modernising the organisation and functions of the city police force, based on the principle of territoriality and in line with the new GUB Master Plan, and equipping it with resources so it can deal more effectively with coexistence and public safety issues described by neighbourhood residents.
New impulse to city and district prevention and safety councils
This means opening up the Prevention and Safety Council to associations and the general public, making it more representative so the community is involved in prevention and safety policies. Developing a standard safety council model in all the districts that is adapted to the needs and particular features of each area, so it reflects the voice and opinions of the public and the agencies operating there.
Strengthening the preventive work of the Fire Service and Civil Protection
This means rolling out the Fire Prevention, Extinction and Rescue Service (SPEIS) Master Plan and continuing to adapt the Barcelona model so it serves the city's citizens and businesses, developing the preventive potential of the Fire Service even more, reinforcing its links with the most vulnerable groups in the neighbourhood communities, and improving its educational work, so it reaches more people, through new facilities (such as the Espai Bombers forum and the Prevention Classroom) which are designed for this.
Developing the GUB's new Ethics and Internal Affairs Unit
A new model for tackling internal affairs, driven by the principle of transparency, is being promoted in the city police force. This involves not just rigorous investigation of any police actions that might require corrective action but also promoting good practices which, in the context of professional ethics, could become new assets in the GUB's everyday work. That in turn means creating and launching a body to promote and supervise the ethical code.