“Experience Crime” is a two year European Commission project which was initiated as a reaction to the rapid increase in crimes motivated by racism, xenophobia and related intolerance in Greece, Italy and Hungary.
The overall objective of the project is to improve responses to racist, hate and related crime in Greece, Hungary and Italy through an innovative experiential learning approach that addresses the specific needs of law enforcement authorities. This goes beyond traditional approaches to capacity building, by placing emphasis on the ‘lived experience’ of crime and a learning process where knowledge is generated through experience. The project is based on the assumption that an experiential understanding of complex forms of crime can help improve the responses of law enforcement authorities.
The project addresses the main institutional actors involved in addressing hate crime: law enforcement officers; judges and prosecutors and legal practitioners.
The specific objectives of the project are:
to transfer to judges and prosecutors, law enforcement officers and legal practitioners knowledge and skills for detecting and handling racist crime, hate and homophobic crime through experiential training modules and training material, freely replicable upon completion of the project;
to promote anti-racist ethos in law enforcement bodies through a network of “champions” selected among the trainees;
to promote networking and exchange of good practice through the network of ‘champions’, good practice manuals and model protocols for handling such crimes and
to disseminate the knowledge and material produced through the project and make it available for further use.