White paper on crime 2011 Part2/Chapter5/Section5/3
Crime prevention activities are of a wide range and include fostering more informed public opinion and improving social environments. Concrete activities include various public participating events, including lecture meetings, small public meetings to discuss the problems on delinquency, counseling on juvenile delinquency, and events held for both parents and children, and efforts to strengthen collaborations with junior high schools, including holding conferences on community problems by probation offices, volunteer probation officers’ associations, and junior high schools.
These activities are implemented throughout the year by probation offices, volunteer probation officers’ associations, Women’s Associations for Rehabilitation Aid, and BBS Associations, etc. in cooperation with the various relevant agencies and organizations. The Brighter Society Campaign – Community Power to Prevent Offences and Delinquencies and Support Rehabilitation – is advocated by the Ministry of Justice, with every July being designated as the month to enhance the campaign.
In recent years local residents have been active in voluntary crime prevention activities. As of the end of 2010 the number of crime prevention volunteer groups that the National Police Agency recognized to date was 44,508 (up 4.1% from the end of the previous year) and with a total of 2,701,855 members (up 2.8% (id.)).