Throughout the last four years, the General Police Inspectorate of the Republic of Moldova has been close partner of the joint European Union and the Council of Europe (CoE) project “Strengthening access to justice through non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in the Eastern Partnership countries”, implemented from January 2019 to February 2023. Cooperation with General Police Inspectorate resulted in a high number of police officers trained on anti-discrimination issues, hate speech and hate crimes, with support from their management to strengthen Police staff capacities to operate in a diverse society.
The project also supported the national beneficiaries in the Republic of Moldova at large to improve and harmonise the data collection methods related to hate crime cases through various training sessions. A series of joint meetings with the General Police Inspectorate and the Technical Information Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Office of the Prosecutor General, and the Agency for Court Administration, were carried out for discussing recommendations of adjustment of the internal databases of the institutions and assistance needed. The project prepared a recommendation for the adjustment of databases of the Police, Prosecutor's Office and Courts, as well as an instruction for the operators of the database from the General Police Inspectorate.
In the latest phase of the project, the focus of the capacity building was on the inclusion of the victim’s perspective section in the database. Upon finalisation of the internal processes, three video sessions were carried out in February 2023 for 141 operators from Police, with a focus on the new developments of the database on hate crimes, and different aspects related to work on the disaggregated data collection.
A video that presents milestones in the EU/CoE-Police partnership highlighted the positive impact of project trainings on the daily work of police officers, including the results in reinforcing their skills in guiding citizens when seeking remedies against discrimination, as well as in cases of handling tensions or violence where vulnerable groups are involved.
The video was produced with the support of the joint European Union and the Council of Europe project “Strengthening access to justice through non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in the Eastern Partnership countries”, part of the programme “Partnership for Good Governance II, 2019-2022”.