The Austrian Ministry of the Interior considers the Austrian police force as an organisation that protects human rights. This means that human rights serve as base for police work. In order to already embed this understanding in the basic police training, the project ‘Police Competence Training’ was initiated among others in July 2014.
Competence research is considered as the focus of this project, as, apart from qualification, the term “competence” clearly places the requirements for police intervention as priority. Moreover, the term seems suited to describe the coping with complex, dynamic and especially unforeseeable situations.
The project as such is split into two major parts. On the one hand this is the set-up of a competence profile for police duty while on the other hand this is the development for a competence training for the basic police training.
In the context of the example “violence within the family”, this means that law enforcement officials who are still in training are not only trained in the relevant matters of law but also attend modules, in which they work on the solution-oriented handling of concrete situations in form of role-plays. This approach serves to prevent or terminate domestic violence.Accordingly, police officers are confronted with a simulated scene of an incident based on police practice and need to act in a simulated real-time situation in a social-communicative, tactical and human-rights complying as well as solution-oriented way. Furthermore, they need to reflect as well as document their behaviour thereafter.
The environment for the training is thus changed situationally. This form of training follows a holistic approach and allows for the expression of competences in different core-competence fields that are relevant for everyday police situations. The special characteristic of this approach is the cooperation that is to be pointed out as the important innovation of this project. In fact, this project was developed based on the active involvement of societal representative groups and experts from external scientific research institutions as well as thanks to the continued support of police-internal working groups.
By involving external training experts, the development of practice-oriented educational material and curricula in accordance with the European Qualification Framework are also followed in the project work. Moreover, it is fairly innovative that this project allows for results to be achieved on different levels. Based on the special situation that police officers cooperate with social scientists, fascinating processes that can then be used on the level of organisational development become obvious.
Due to the active involvement of research results derived from research projects related to safety and security, which the BM.I participated in as essential user (e.g. the project POLIS, detailed information available at www.queraum.org), educational material that is based on empirical data and orient themselves towards police-relevant everyday situations could be developed.
All these results achieved from previous projects and based on the special constellation within the cooperation are going to be united in the project ‘Police Competence Training’ and illustrate an overall picture which might be of essential use to other European police training centres.
In case this concept were taken over, it would be advantageous for other police training centres that the concept could be implemented without any increased time- or finance-related efforts.
|Award category:||the public sector as partner for a better society - european, national and regional level|
|Sector:||Education (higher and lower), training and learning|
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|Keywords:||Police competence training, human rights, police science, participatory research|
|Short English description:||The Austrian Ministry of the Interior considers the Austrian police force as an organisation that protects human rights. This means that human rights serve as base for police work. In order to already embed this understanding in the basic police training, the project ‘Police Competence Training’ was initiated among others in July 2014.|
|Organisation:||Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, Department I/9, Competence Management|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||EU member|