Nasc to deliver pilot anti-racism training to Gardaí

Tue, September 9, 2014

garda symbolOn Thursday 11th September, Nasc will be delivering 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 attending include members of Cork Community Policing, Ethnic Liaison Officers and frontline gardaí from stations throughout the city.

Nasc has 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 has had the full support of the Garda Commissioner’s Office.  Acting Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan will be attending the session on Thursday and launching the pilot initiative.

The training will focus 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 will share their experiences and participate in the discussion.  Learnings from the pilot session will be used to develop a training toolkit that will be rolled out nationally.

“We are very excited to be working closely with An Garda Síochána to develop anti-racism training for Gardaí that focuses on tackling discriminatory ethnic profiling of migrant communities,” notes CEO Fiona Finn.

“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,” Ms. Finn finishes.

The training forms 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.