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EU-funded project "PROTASIS: Police Training Skills"

Co-funded by the Rights, Equality

and Citizenship Programme of

the European Union 

 

Project PROTASIS: Police Training Skills

(Grant Agreement JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/VICT/9318)

 “Protasis – Police Training Skills” is a 2-year EU-funded project led by the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and a partner consortium consisted of 5 Partners: EUROCRIME (Italy), Portuguese Association for Victim Support (Portugal), Lisbon Law School, University of Lisbon (Portugal), Inter-area Local Police School Foundation (Italy), and the IARS International Institute (UK). In order to develop a multi-agency project with the involvement of government authorities or 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.

The main objective of the project is 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. Furthermore, the project aims to produce scientific and practical results which will contribute to 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).

Specifically, the project’s objectives are:

  • Share best practices and create a victim-friendly, gender- and child- sensitive environment during victims’ contact with the police, aiming to enhance victim’s rights and facilitate their access to justice, while minimising the risks of secondary victimisation and increasing victims’ satisfaction.
  • Develop, pilot and implement training material and programmes for police officers in Greece, Italy and Portugal, aiming to improve and strengthen their communication skills and knowledge on how to interact with and treat victims with special needs, especially related to gender- and child-specific issues.
  • Develop an information sharing framework through signposting, strengthening cross-sector and multi-agency cooperation in order to meet victims’ needs more effectively.

PROTASIS scientific and practical activities are built on existing knowledge and research from previous EU funded projects, as well as the identification and exchange of good practices, aiming to transfer and develop efficient working methods for police officers in Europe. The project aims to the capacity building and training of police officers, following 3 training modules focused on knowledge sharing, skills development, and creation of signposting and referral pathways.

Overall, PROTASIS will contribute to:

  • the effective, sufficient and sustainable implementation of the Victims’ Directive
  • the improvement of police officers’ theoretical and practical knowledge regarding victims’ needs and psychology of victims, and empower their skills to evaluate victims’ needs
  • the development of integrated training modules which reinforce the capacity building for professionals in order to better meet the specific needs of vulnerable victims and sufficiently protect them
  • the promotion of coherent referral systems which include signposting victims to specialist support services.
  • the increase cross-sector and multi-agency cooperation through signposting of relevant services
  • raising awareness among EU member states and practitioners, regarding the challenges and good practices for an effective and sustainable implementation of the Victims’ Directive and the role of the Police.

Monday, 3 April 2017


  1. For more information about the project, please contact Prof. Vasso Artinopoulou, artinopoulou@gmail.com
  2. European Public Law Organization (EPLO) is an international organisation with its premises in Greece, dedicated to the promotion of European public law through research, education, scientific and technical cooperation activities. In its 18 years of existence, EPLO has implemented over 180 projects in Europe and worldwide.
  3. Find out more about the project here.