Police officers from 15 European countries will be trained to respond to hate crimes.
The officers will meet in London this week for training on responding to hate crimes led by a legal expert affiliated with the American Jewish Committee.
The four-day program, beginning Monday, is intended to produce a new regional information-sharing program among police. It is being organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, a division of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Paul Goldenberg, AJC’s senior advisor on international law enforcement issues, will run the seminar. He said it will conclude with the introduction of the Transnational Hate Crime Intelligence and Information Network, which will provide training and technical assistance to OSCE member states. It also will facilitate the exchange of information and intelligence on hate symbols and organized hate groups.
“We are bringing together many law enforcement executives from countries where there has been a marked rise in anti-Semitism and other forms of hate,” Goldenberg said in an AJC statement.
Participants in the London program are from Belgium, Bosnia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.