The Project


Marginalised people in public space are the target of many professions, including the police, social work, public transport authorities and others. Traditionally, public space is managed by the public authorities, carried out by the police as the leading body of public order management. However, in the course of administrative reforms, more and more stakeholders with different intentions and ideologies participate in the governance of public order. With an emphasis on the promotion of health and care social workers represent the counterpart to the police as the agent of law enforcement.

Aims & Objectives

The SWaPOL project produces two outputs:

  1. A Training Package in Social Work and Policing, including a training schedule for a 3+2 days training course
  2. Teaching Manual

The teaching and training package will consider the development of instruments for multi-media teaching (training videos, footage of case studies) and practical exercises (role-play, excursions, field trips). Altogether, the training shall be interesting and joyful.

The Handbook for trainers will contain several sections:

  • Introduction
  • “Themes and settings” for cooperation in social work and policing
  • Didactical exercises
  • Teaching schedule for SWaPOL training
  • Conclusion

Several annexes with review questions for students, monitoring guidelines and references will be added. The product will have approximately 100-150 pages.

Activities and Work Steps

  • Collection of existing experiences from national pilot projects
  • Identification of “themes & settings”: Drug addicts at railway stations, homeless people in metro stations, youth groups in shopping centres, user conflicts in public parks, etc.; legal versus illegal behaviour, health issues, strategies of de-escalation, limits of cooperation, data management etc.
  • Partners develop didactical exercises in separate modules as elements of the overall SWaPOL training package
  • Test run of the training package in each partner country
  • Finalisation of training package and publication of teaching material


  • Milestone 1: All project partners are informed about experiences from pilot projects in other countries and “themes and settings” have been elaborated
  • Milestone 2: Didactical exercises and teaching material are laid down in modules
  • Milestone 3: Pilot Course completed
  • Milestone 4: Teaching material completed