The goal of the programme is to provide participating States with the expertise and tools required to train their law enforcement officials to respond effectively to hate crimes and to enforce relevant hate crimes legislation.
For law enforcement officers to tackle any type of crime, they must first be aware of its existence, and then they need to be armed with the right tools to make an effective response. Hate crime is a prime example of a law enforcement issue where both awareness and the means to respond are often lacking.
In order to fill this gap, the ODIHR, in co-operation with police experts from six OSCE states, developed a training programme for law enforcement officers on combating hate crime.
Originally designed, developed, and delivered by police officers for police officers, the programme has been expanded to include training for prosecutors and investigating magistrates.
The programme consisted of four main components: