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

Key Area:
Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
18/02/2012 - 12:23
Short Answer

Efforts towards anti-racism and cultural sensitivity are being reported, but there is a need for structural changes and deeper interventions mainstreamed within the educational system of the police forces.

Qualitative Info

The US State Department 2010 Human Rights Report on Romania states that: "Police reform continued during the year, and the police increased the hiring of women and minorities. According to police statistics, at the end of the year 12 percent of the 54,786-person police force were women and 1.2 percent, including 104 Roma, represented members of ethnic minorities. A project to promote equal opportunities for national minorities for a career in the police structures was implemented in Cluj during the year. Police also used Romani mediators to facilitate communication between Roma and the authorities and to assist in crises. A handbook, Police and Roma/Sinti Population: Good Practices in Building Trust and Understanding, was published during the year as a tool for the implementation of the Action Plan for Roma and Sinti of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)."



US State Department 2010 Human Rights Report. Romania, Section 1.d, available at: (accessed at 18.02.2012).

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, National minorities
Type (R/D) Extremism - organised Racist Violence, Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Nationalism, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement
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