Twenty-three Kosovo police officers participated in the Training Against Hate Crime for Law Enforcement (TAHCLE) by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) held from 14 to 16 December 2022. It was attended by representatives of government and civil society organizations.
TAHCLE is designed to improve police skills in recognizing, understanding and investigating hate crimes. This enhances the ability of police officers to better prevent and respond to hate crimes, interact effectively with victim communities, and build public trust and cooperation with law enforcement.
The three-day trainer training focused on the impact of bigotry crimes on affected communities, hate crime law, and the dignified treatment of victims in all legal proceedings. Participants will further increase their knowledge of the role of the police, assisting victims, and recording such crimes, cascade knowledge to their colleagues, and continue to strengthen their capacity for better responses to hate crimes. He also had training skills.
Lieutenant Barri Bilikbashi, head of the Coordination, Administration and Training Support Unit of the Kosovo Police, said: As law enforcement officials, it is important to train your colleagues to look more closely during an investigation and identify if there are indicators/motives of bias. As the police environment evolves, our staff must remain aware that the best communities are diverse, and remain aware of the nuances of that diversity. ”
Rajmonda Sylbije, Program Director, Center for Social Group Development (CSGD), a non-governmental organization, said of the impact of training: I had the materials and resources. It was also important that different classes of Kosovar police and civil society organizations came together. I know I can’t change the world alone, but I can be a change agent in society and impact one person at a time. It is an invaluable tool for dealing with and dealing with , helping to create positive change within the community. ”
The OSCE mission in Kosovo is mandated to protect and promote human rights and community rights as well as democratization and development of the public security sector. We remain committed to supporting agencies that improve the documentation, response and prevention of hate crimes.