Safety, like the city itself, is a social construction. Cities are places where global conflicts and contradictions are localised. Global challenges require local solutions and cities, as multifaceted social and cultural structures, must respond to this situation.
The city's public safety policies are a highly complex affair, with many players, objective factors and perceptions, and multiple resources involved. They can only be developed and implemented through joint work and the participation of various agencies, by strengthening public policy participation and production mechanisms, and with a strong focus on prevention.
By prevention we mean anticipating the conflicts and processes of segregation and urban violence. This is the key to devising territorial and social cohesion policies that incorporate public safety and protection.
We also need to strengthen and modernise the Guàrdia Urbana (the city's police force) and the Fire Prevention, Extinction and Rescue Service, equipping them with the tools they need as vital players, the guarantors of safety, protection and social equilibrium.
That means we have to develop a new safety culture, which involves people and creates joint responsibilities in building the desired safety model and social balance. New policies that are based on the principles of proximity, territoriality and transparency.