The project PROXIMITY (“Proximity Policing against Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance”) 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. Besides exchange and sharing of knowledge and experience, the project has as specific objectives to improve the identification and effective prosecution of racism, xenophobia and hate crimes in the cities, supporting local authorities and proximity policing, and to generate a practical Exchange Network and mutual learning, about how to face these challenges. Thus, the expected results of the PROXIMITY project are the following:
- Increased awareness and consciousness of local authorities and proximity police regarding their key role on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance and development of effective tools to tackle this phenomena.
- Mutual learning and experience exchange among different proximity polices from European cities.
- Strengthened participation of the civil society and of vulnerable groups through closer links between communities and proximity police.
- Improvement of the actions and strategies to combat racism and xenophobia in European cities.
Target groups of our activities are local/municipal police bodies, other law enforcement agents in cooperation with local police, local authorities, NGOs working in the field of discrimination, regional/national services against racism and xenophobia and other stakeholders.
The project is implemented by a consortium of partners from Spain (as coordinator) and Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
The lifespan of the project’s activities runs from April 2017 till March 2019.
The project PROXIMITY is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.