The Mutual Learning Workshop took place in Madrid on 11, 12 and 13 of June 2018. It was co-organized by the Madrid Municipal Police and the Spanish Observatory of Racism and Xenophobia. Policemen from the Madrid Municipal Police, along with representatives of project partners, discussed the draft of a Toolkit, addressed to municipalities and to proximity police, for a better implementation of services, structures and methodologies to fight against racism and xenophobia. The organization of the workshops has been as follows: a) Organizational elements and coordination with other Police services; b) Training and specialization; c) Counselling of victims of racist and xenophobic incidents and coordination with community and civil society. One of the key messages of the mutual learning workshop is that sensitization of the local police (proximity police) is the key to identifying and combatting racist and xenophobic incidents and hate crimes, as well as to bringing support to the victims.
Now the “Toolkit” phase of the project is about to close and we are looking forward to Workstream 3, dedicated on Local Action Plans and Protocols, led by the Ministry of Justice of Finland.