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Lesson #1.9: Policing in a Multi-Ethnic Society

Category
Training Material
Subject
Policing

Description

Material for a 8-hour lesson, part of the Basic Training Program of Macedonian Police, developed by the Police Development Unit of the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje.

Subject
Policing
Target group
Cadets
Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
multi-ethnic policing, basic police training

Summary

Over the last half century, Europe has been transformed in many ways. These changes have produced major challenges to various institutions, including the police.

Racism and ethnic discrimination are a serious threat to the development of a harmonious multi-ethnic society. If minorities are subject to oppressive or unequal treatment, the fabric of society is threatened. Within Democratic societies, discrimination between human beings on the grounds of race, color or ethnic origin is not just a violation of human dignity; it is a violation of the law. Individuals suffer; ethnic conflicts and violence erupt; and the framework of civil society may be severely damaged.

The introduction of the various Human Rights instruments over the last fifty years clearly demonstrates the international will to overcome and to stamp out discrimination in any form, throughout the world.

The role of the Police is very important: their role is not just policing in a multiethnic society, but also policing for a multi-ethnic society.

The goal of this lesson is to enhance the knowledge of students in regard to the challenges associated with policing in a multi-ethnic society, and to provide them with tools to deal with such issues.

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. State the two (2) responsibilities of the police when working in a multi-ethnic society
  2. List four (4) means by which police can improve relations between ethnic nonmajorities and themselves
  3. Outline the main legal articles under the Macedonian Criminal Code and the Constitution criminalizing the instigation of racial/ religious hatred
  4. List five (5) reasons police should be involved in the investigation and prosecution of hate crime offenders
  5. Identify the information that needs to be collected in order to determine whether or not a hate crime has occurred
  6. List at least three (3) types of information needed to determine the motivation of a hate crime.

Information

Added on
25 Mar 2004
Origin
OSCE Mission to Skopje, North Macedonia
Target group
Cadets
Region
North Macedonia
Keywords
multi-ethnic policing, basic police training
Rights
OSCE