North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for sworn personnel who will be actively engaged in crime prevention strategies and initiatives in their agency.

Course Goal:

This course will acquaint participants with the techniques and methods used to analyze the potential for crime within the environment, locate conflicts in the environment, and develop plans to reduce or prevent environmentally induced crimes. The practical approach to environmental design will be stressed, and proven practical applications will be demonstrated.

Course Objectives:

1. Discuss the fundamental principles of crime prevention and how they relate to the environment.
2. Analyze and discuss natural access and natural surveillance and the importance of both.
3. Differentiate between the crime prevention strategy classifications of: natural, organized, and mechanical.     
4. Explain the 3-D concept: designation, definition, and design.
5. Using the 3-D concept, perform a space assessment of a residential design.
6. Using a 3-D concept, perform a space assessment of a commercial design. 
7. Using a 3-D concept, perform a space assessment of a proposed land use design.
8. Using CPTED principles, perform an on-site assessment of a structure.


This course employs discussion, demonstration, lecture, and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Students should be familiar with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software applications. Attendees should bring a jump drive for storing course work.


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Course Coordinator:

Carlton Joyner

Length of Course:

Four days - 32 hours

CPCP Credit

CICP Credit