A three-day workshop on hate crime and fight against racism was organized by the Municipal Police of Madrid at the Center of Integrated Security and Emergency Training (CIFSE), on the 11, 12 and 13th of June 2018.

A three-day workshop on hate crime and fight against racism was held in Madrid at the Center of Integrated Security and Emergency Training (CIFSE), this week – on the 11, 12 and 13th of June 2018. The event was organized by the Municipal Police of Madrid within the context of the EU-funded project “PROXIMITY Policing against racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.”

The workshop, all focused on identifying challenges and best practices in dealing with xenophobia, racism and all type of hate crime, aimed to train police officers, psychologists and experts on hate crime.

During the three days, participants of the mutual learning workshops were divided into three group of around 15 people each. Each group, on rotation, worked on the following topics: organizational factors, training courses, victim treatment and coordination with other services. The classes were leaded by three professionals: Cristina de la Serna, Concha Antón Rubio, Nuria Lores Sánchez.

The rotation structure allowed all participants had the chance to analyze the aspect of hate crime and racism from three different angles and finally have a broad perspective on how to prevent and detect hate crimes, racism and xenophobia.

The workshops were highly professional and innovative. There were no standard classes, but participatory activities where all participants were put into the condition to exchange their experiences and discuss on preventive practices. Role games, small group of discussions and some professional methodology were used, such as the SWOT Analysis Platform, a tool used in the business context to make an internal ad external analysis of the issue, understanding internal strengths and weaknesses, as well as identifying external opportunities and threats.

The workshops drove to interesting conclusion which will all be included into a Toolkit of best practices, due to publish soon. The manual, titled “Toolkit for a better implementation of services, structures and methodologies to fight racism and xenophobia” has been edited by all PROXIMITY partners, and it is structured in 5 chapters: Preliminary Analysis, Organizational elements, Training, Victim treatment, Coordination with other services. All topics that were addressed during the workshops. The toolkit will be used by the project partners in their daily work, but it will be disseminated throughout Europe for any local authority and police unit interested.

At the end of the three days, the representative from the General Secretariat of Immigration and Emigration concluded saying to be very satisfied of the results reached by the workshop. Also, the delegation of partners from the other European countries spent some words to thank for the organization and the “great job” made by the organizers.

The project PROXIMITY, due to end on April 2019, aims to contribute to the prevention and fight against racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, including hate crimes at local level, by increasing the capacities of local authorities and especially municipal police to identify and face these phenomena. The project is leaded by the Spanish Observatory for Racism and Xenophobia (OBERAXE), under the General Secretariat for Immigration and Emigration, in collaboration with: Bradford Hate Crime Alliance (UK), Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (Estonia), Foundation for Access to Rights (Spain), Lisbon Police (Portugal), Madrid Municipal Police (Spain), Ministry of Justice in Finland (Finland), Riga Municipal Police (Latvia), TRABE association (Spain), University of Milan (Italy).