Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Training of criminal justice officials in charge of investigation and prosecution 8/15

74. The Angolan police (General Command of the National Police) carried out a range of awareness-raising campaigns targeting cross-province police units, including lectures, seminars and training to provide the police with the knowledge and skills required in situations of domestic violence, including gender-based violence.

75. In Canada, the RCMP was provided with training through a domestic violence investigations course. The RCMP also developed a training standard on domestic violence that included components on forced marriage and honour-based violence.

76. In Finland, police and prosecutors received training for technical or tactical investigation concerning homicide and other violent offences.
77. Greece reported that its police personnel were being sensitized on issues concerning the protection and support to all vulnerable individuals for preventing their victimization.

 78. In Italy police training focused on victims and more effective ways to detect and prevent recurrence of violence. Specific initiatives included specialization courses for specialized units on investigation techniques concerning crimes against minors and sexual crimes and, on managing family disputes and domestic violence, as well as annual refresher courses on domestic violence, stalking, violence against women and measures against discrimination for all police staff.

79. The national police of Pakistan supported the provincial police through a gender-responsive policing project. Several training sessions had been organized for police trainers on the application on the standard operating procedures for dealing with women victims of violence and on improving the gender orientation of police officers.

80. Slovenia was implementing a country-wide training project for police officers and criminal investigators based on the train-the-trainer principle. The project aimed at enhancing the quality of responses to family violence and at raising public awareness of the police procedure in cases of family violence. The project also included training of police officers in operation and communication centres (for professional and appropriate answering of emergency calls of family violence victims, appropriate response and feedback) and the dissemination of information concerning the police procedure in cases of family violence (comprehensive information for the wider public assessed by the media as highly relevant).

 81. In Sweden, regular training programmes were held for police authorities concerning initial response, the preservation of evidence and contact with victims. Prosecutors used legal handbooks in day-to-day operational activities concerning violence in close relationships. Training was provided for prosecutors on processing of offences in close relationships, honour-related violence and offences against children.  82. Turkey reported on official study visits and training workshops for judges and prosecutors on domestic violence, trainings on violence against women for the Gendarmerie and on the planned introduction of gender equality in the curriculum of all schools affiliated to the Gendarmerie.

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