Prevent Roma Discrimination Providing Mediation Skills To Police Officers

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The Project

The PROACTIVE project aims to provide social mediation skills to first line Greek police officers, focusing on fighting discrimination and at the same time on the implementation of policies that prevent the social exclusion of the vulnerable group of the Roma.

Through the development and application of an innovative participatory social mediation and preventive security framework, the project seeks to enhance the role of police officers as an integral part of the “social chain”, highlighting the role of trained Roma mediators.


Key Components

Identification of existing perceptions – Locating Stereotypes

Identification of existing beliefs and perceptions of the members of Roma communities as far as police officers are concerned and of the police officers regarding the Roma, in 4 target areas across Greece (Attica, Peloponnese, Central Greece, Central Macedonia), in order to develop a tailor-made methodology.

Training of 360 fist-line police officers on social mediation and preventive security issues

Implementation of 21 police training seminars, in different target areas across Greece with increased Roma population, with the participation for the first time at national level of Roma Mediators – trained as part of the European ROMED project, as co-trainers of the police officers.

Pilot implementation: Creation of Local Action Groups in selected / target areas, to promote preventive security issues

Promoting and enhancing the relationships of trust in the field, through the development of Local Action Groups, with the participation of representatives of the local authorities and relevant services, the Roma communities and the trained police officers.

Impact assessment – Develop Public Policy Recommendations

Impact assessment, focusing on the behavioral change of the trained police officers and the members of Roma communities, who participated in the action, with a focus on their relationships, existing attitudes and perceptions.

Expected Results

  • Trained police officers who have frequent encounters with members of Roma communities, possessing specialized knowledge on social mediation and preventive security.
  • Informed police officers on human rights and Roma issues, with a focus on their social mission.
  • Destabilization of the potential involvement of police officers in discriminatory practices, as far as members of Roma communities are concerned.
  • Developed communication channels between police officers and Roma communities.
  • Established trusted relationships between police officers and members of Roma communities at local level, through a participatory approach and process, involving all relevant stakeholders.


Center for Security Studies (ΚΕ.ΜΕ.Α.)


National Centre for Social Solidarity


News & Events

Final Conference of PROACTIVE project

Final Conference of PROACTIVE project

On Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens, the Final Conference of PROACTIVE project co-financed by the European Union was successfully held. «PROACTIVE: Prevent Roma discrimination, providing mediation skills to police officers» –...

Newsletter 4-Final results of PROACTIVE activities

PROACTIVE’s 4th Newsletter plans to disseminate all implemented project’s activities to key stakeholders. Specifically, after the dissemination of past newsletters, the last newsletter focuses on the results of project’s pilot implementation and its impact assessment....

Newsletter 3-Police Officers Training

PROACTIVE’s 3rd Newsletter intents to promote project’s actions to its stakeholders on topics related to police officers trainings. Specifically, personal views and opinions of police officers, Roma and social mediators are presented together with project's future...

Newsletter 2-Trainers Training

PROACTIVE’s 2nd Newsletter aims at updating relevant key stakeholders on project’s activities regarding PROACTIVE’s training of trainers. Specifically within the 2nd Newsletter, trainers’ trainings, information days and future activities are presented together with...


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 Co-funded by the “Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014 – 2020” Programme of the European Union.


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