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Does the training of the police force incorporate anti-racism or cultural sensitivity?

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Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
19/01/2012 - 18:36
Short Answer

Yes; there are various Diversity Training and Development initiatives for Garda Síochána (police) staff.  Also,  new policy and procedures for dealing with harassment, sexual harassment and bullying, accredited by the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development, have recently been published.

Qualitative Info

The following details are the total description of related activities that is publicly released.


An Garda Síochána will:
- Continue to deliver quality assured ‘Managing Diversity’ training and development
programmes to Garda Senior Management.
- Continue to deliver quality assured ‘Diversity Awareness’ training & development
programmes to all staff.
- Continue to develop, tailor and deliver role-specific Diversity training and development
programmes for specialised Garda units.
- Integrate and mainstream Diversity through organisational training and development and
defined linkage to career progression.

Our Successes to Date

- European Union Peace II Garda Síochána / PSNI Diversity Works Programme 2006.
- The development and rollout of the Garda Síochána College Staff Cultural Diversity
Awareness Training Programme in 2006/7.
- The organisational rollout of the Garda Síochána Diversity Works Programme during 2007/8.
- The organisational rollout of the Garda Síochána Managing Diversity Works Programme for
Inspectors and Superintendents in 2007/8.
- Garda National Immigration Bureau Training 2006/7 and Employee Assistance (Welfare)
Officers Training 2007.
- The provision of Anti-Racism Training to 550 Garda Ethnic Liaison Officers.
- Establishment of ‘Diversity Support Officers’ at the Garda Síochána College in February 2007.
- The introduction of Diversity training for members of Garda recruitment interview boards.
- The assessment of a Respect for Diversity competency in role-play simulations during the
Student Garda Phase 3 training programme.
- The Garda Síochána ‘Declaration of Professional and Ethical Standards’ document.
- Approval of a ‘Strategy for the provision of Human Rights and Diversity’ to ensure
consistency in training development and delivery.
- The launch in December 2007 of the Garda Síochána ‘Working Together to Create a
Positive Working Environment’ Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying.

An Garda Síochána
2009 - 2012
“Beyond Legal Compliance”

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