Nasc deliver pilot anti-racism training to Gardaí

Sat, September 13, 2014

anti-racism trainingOn Thursday 11th September, Nasc delivered a pilot anti-racism training to 20 Gardaí in Cork, in collaboration with Cork Community Policing and the Garda Racial, Intercultural and Diversity Office (GRIDO).

The 20 Gardaí that attended the session included members of Cork Community Policing, Ethnic Liaison Officers and frontline gardaí from stations throughout the city.

Nasc worked in partnership over several months with Cork Community Garda Sgt. John O’Connor, Sgt. David McInereny of GRIDO and Superintendent Karl Heller to develop the training, which also had had the full support of the Garda Commissioner’s Office.

The training focussed on raising awareness and promoting discussion about the impact racism has on migrant and ethnic minority communities and how to prevent discriminatory ethnic profiling.

Migrant speakers from diverse communities, including the Roma community, the Muslim community and the African community shared their experiences and participated in the discussion.  Learnings from the pilot session will now be used to develop a training toolkit that will be rolled out nationally.

Fiona Finn, Nasc CEO commented:

“The recent Children’s Ombudsman’s report on the removal of two Roma children highlighted that ethnic profiling is an issue for An Garda Síochána.  Our own experiences working with migrants and ethnic minorities bears this out. It is fantastic to see a culture shift within An Garda Síochána in recognising the problem and seeking out ways to address it.  We have been very impressed by the commitment the Gardaí have shown at all levels in rolling out this training,”

The training formed part of Nasc’s Cork City Social Inclusion Project.  The Cork City Social Inclusion Project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality, and Pobal.