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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
22/01/2013 - 17:29
Short Answer

Yes, the training of the police force incorporate anti-racism and cultural sensivity.

Qualitative Info

As part of the qualification of police personnel as well as in follow-up trainings, human rights, fundamental rights as they are guaranteed in the German constitution as well as the prohibition of discrimination are taught. In addition, the police personnel receive situational trainings that are supposed to sensitise them for acting free of prejudices or discriminating behaviour. Yet, ECRI (2009) recommended in its fourth country report on Germany that more efforts are necessary to 'provide training to police officers, prosecutors and judges on issues pertaining to the implementation of criminal legislation addressing racism and racial discrimination' (ECRI 2009, p. 15).



  1. Deutscher Bundestag Drucksache 17/6778, accessed on  09.08.2011.
  2. ECRI, Fourth Report on Germany, adopted December 19, 2008, para. 23.161,, accessed on 09.08.2011.
  3. Sauerbaum, Anke (2005):Interaktion und Kommunikation zwischen Polizei und Migranten Ein Thema in der Polizeiausbildung?, accessed on 27.02.2012.
  4. Fortbildungsprogramm der Deutschen Hochschule der Polizei (2011),, accessed on 27.02.2012
  5. Neugestaltung der Nachwuchsqualifizierung im gehobenen Kriminaldienst des Bundeskriminalamts, BKA und FH des Bundes für Öffentliche Verwaltung,,templateId=raw,property=publicationFile.pdf/FB_KPOL_Merkblatt_Bachelor.pdf, accessed on 27.02.2012.


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