National Crime Prevention Institute

About Us

The National Crime Prevention Institute (NCPI) at the University of Louisville is an internationally recognized training institute that provides crime prevention and security-related training. NCPI offers training on security topics that will appeal to a diverse group of individuals, organizations and agencies.

One of the goals of NCPI, is to revitalize the institute and bring new energy by appealing to a wider base of individuals and organizations who are interested in increasing their awareness of crime prevention.  The goals of NCPI were redefined to meet the changing needs of not only law enforcement, military personnel and security professionals, but also to include business owners and managers, public officials, government agencies and members of the community in order to promote problem-solving partnerships.

In addition to educational programs, NCPI also conducts Physical Security and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Assessments to identify security risks and vulnerabilities and make recommendations to eliminate or control them.  Research indicates that if security risks are known and action is taken to manage them, there is a significant advantage in helping to prevent crime.  NCPI fully endorses and educates individuals to take a proactive approach to crime prevention and security.

Physical Security and CPTED Assessments are used to define security requirements for the design of new buildings or for the retrofit of existing facilities. Although the scope and level of each assessment varies, its goal remains the same--to determine the desired level of security protection needed.

NCPI Training

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (Basic CPTED): Community Security By Design
CPTED is based on the concept that proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in both the incidence and fear of crime while also improving quality of life.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (Advanced CPTED): Designing Infrastructure Security (Pending)
This intensive, three-day seminar offers a detailed and systematic approach to developing the functional programmatic criteria of a fully integrated security program using advanced CPTED skills and integrated security design techniques to protect today’s vital infrastructure and built environment.

Contact NCPI

Please direct all questions to the Southern Police Institute: (502) 852-6561

The National Crime Prevention Institute is a unit within the University of Louisville, Department of Justice Administration and the Southern Police Institute.


Mission Statement

The National Crime Prevention Institute offers state-of-the-art educational opportunities on various crime prevention and security-related topics.  The goal of NCPI is to not only meet your training expectations, but consistently exceed them.

The History of NCPI

Training and education are not new ideas to NCPI, but instead have grown as contracts and partnerships with the public and private sector have developed over time.  The National Crime Prevention Institute was founded by John Klotter and first opened its doors in 1971 operating on a grant obtained through the Ford Foundation.  While visiting England in 1968, John Klotter was impressed by the crime prevention efforts that were being utilized by law enforcement officials in England.  This inspired him to implement the concept at the University of Louisville and meet the training needs of primarily law enforcement and military personnel.

In 2005 NCPI restructured and broadened its focus beyond the spectrum of crime prevention to meet the demands and training needs of our students. With these changes, the decision was made to give NCPI an overall new look which included a name change to reflect this new and improved institution. NCPI briefly functioned as the Institute for Community Security & Public Safety (ICSPS). NCPI now offers not only professional development courses, but personal enrichment courses as well. Our goal is to meet the educational and training needs of those who practice in the law enforcement and security realm as well as those who are simply interested in security for personal awareness.