Participating in the Intercultural Cities Network since 2011 and following the conclusions of the conference on Intercultural Cities during the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of Europe in March 2017, the Municipality of Limassol, through its integration project “Limassol – One city for all” funded by EU AMIF, in September 2017, started the pilot project of Intercultural Council of Limassol, which since then has led to its continuous functioning as city’s advisory migrants representation body.
Since the establishment of the Intercultural Council of Limassol, over 40 representatives of migrants’ and minority associations, diplomatic representations, labour unions, media, police etc, have been meeting and discussing various challenges that migrants are facing and possible measures in order to solve them. As a result, the Council developed the Intercultural Strategy for the City of Limassol 2018-2020, which aims to become a guiding chart facilitating the development of Limassol as an open and intercultural city, by identifying 11 themes that are relevant for migrants’ communities and need immediate intervention. Apart of Culture, Education, Youth, Parenting & Families, Housing, Health, Labour issues, Access to Public Services, Citizenship & Participation, Intercultural City Branding & Media, the field of Policing and Security is considered one of the crucial segments of Limassol Intercultural Strategy.
In cooperation with the Intercultural Council of Limassol and Limassol Directorate of Cyprus Police, the Municipality of Limassol will organize a three-days training course for approximately 20 to 25 representatives of Cyprus Police and Civil Society stakeholders, in order to introduce better the contemporary practices of intercultural policing. By brining trainers from Lisbon Municipal Police (Portugal) and Madrid and Fuenlabrada Municipal Police (Spain), the local participants will have a chance not only to explore in depth the best practices from another part of Europe with similar social challenges, but also to create a long-term local partnership on the issues of intercultural policing, safety and security.
The training course will use a wide-range of methods including presentations, showcasing of good practices, working in teams, site-visits, meetings with local stakeholders, social events etc.