SAFE is an independent Italian non-profit Foundation established at the beginning of 2018
With its own funds and participating in calls for proposals financed by the European Union and other international donors, SAFE promotes high-impact activities in the sectors of Security, Defence, Peacebuilding and Stability, Promotion of Fundamental Rights and Monitoring and Evaluation at the operational and strategic level. SAFE is made up of specialists, institutions and companies that have been working for over 25 years in the “rule of law” sector at international level for the implementation of projects in:
• Security Sector Reform (SSR);
• Defence, peace and stability;
• Freedom and fundamental rights;
• Monitoring and Evaluation.
SAFE offers public and private institutions specialized in the Security and Defence sectors the opportunity to find the most suitable funding and receive support in the implementation of projects with a high technical and innovative impact. The security of citizens is a key priority for all law enforcement agencies. Today’s context represents a great challenge for operators of the security sector, which are required to constantly update their organizational structures, technical skills and technological tools to properly address the permanently changing modus operandi of criminals.
SAFE actively supports innovation in the security sector, both through own funds as well as helping public and private actors to join forces and design/implement high‑impact EU funded projects aimed at improving organizational structures, developing new competences, sharing technological knowledge and creating new operational tools for law enforcement agencies. Since 2019, together with the City of Turin – Local Police Drone Unit, Fondazione SAFE is coordinating the dronEUnit network, a network of Law Enforcement Agencies which operates drones to guarantee the security of urban areas in the European Union and its partner countries. The creation of the Network of EU Law Enforcement Drone Units – named DronEUnit – is proposed to facilitate sharing of information, best practices and experiences in the area of urban security, involving the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. The network to date is composed of 8 countries, 7 local police forces, 7 private companies and 6 academic partners.