Τhe 2-year EU-funded project ‘Protasis: Police training skills’ started officially in December 2016 and will run until the end of 2018. The project aims to contribute to the development of a victim-friendly environment during the victims’ contact with the police, by ensuring that victims are treated in a respectful and sensitive manner through the improvement and strengthening of police officers’ communication skills and knowledge on how to interact with victims.
Moreover, the PROTASIS project aims to produce scientific and practical results which will contribute to the efficient implementation and practical application of the Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (Victims’ Directive), and further facilitate the implementation of Protection Measures on national and European level (i.e. Regulation (EU) 606/2013, Directive 2011/99/EU).
The project is implemented by a consortium of 6 partner organizations from 4 European member states: European Public Law Organization (Greece), the IARS International Institute (UK), EUROCRIME (Italy), Portuguese Association for Victim Support (Portugal), Lisbon Law School, University of Lisbon (Portugal), and Inter-area Local Police School Foundation (Italy). In an effort to promote multi-agency project cooperation and the involvement of government authorities and state agencies, the project is also supported by Associate Partners, and more specifically the Ministry of Interior/ Hellenic Police Headquarters (Greece), the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Portugal), and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Barpenden Police Station (UK).
The project’s team is consisted by distinguished professionals and researchers in the fields of human rights, victims’ rights and victimology. Prof. Vasso Artinopoulou, an international expert on the issue and Head of the Crime and Criminal Justice Unit and the Gender Issues Unit of EPLO, holds the scientific responsibility of the project’s works.