(Lexical meaning: Germinate, grow, develop, aspire.). A project to increase ethnical and cultural diversity as well as equality within the Stockholm County Police. The composition of personnel within the Police should be representative of society:
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(Lexical meaning: Germinate, grow, develop, aspire.)
A project to increase ethnical and cultural diversity as well as equality within the Stockholm County Police
The composition of personnel within the Police should be representative of society:
To increase the possibility of acquiring information from different groups.
To make the public identify with the Police to a greater extent.
To increase open-mindedness within the Police.
Because an increasing portion of our population is of foreign origin.
Because an expected future lack of labour makes inclusion essential.
More young men and women of non-Scandinavian origins shall be able to gain a foothold in the labour market.
The project shall increase understanding of different cultures, within and outside of the Stockholm County Police.
More employers will consider the target group an asset.
Active project marketing in Stockholm County but also in other parts of the country.
To undertake joint marketing for similar diversity projects in the counties of Skåne and Västra Götaland.
The Swedish Public Employment Service
The Prison and Probation Service
The Fire Departments
The Swedish National Police Academy
Stensunds Folkhögskola (Folk High School)
Långholmens Folkhögskola (Folk High School)
The National Police Board
The European Social Fund
Young (18 - 24 yrs), unemployed men and women of non-Scandinavian origins in the transitional stage between studies and work.
2 months’ introduction/instruction.
After completed introduction/ instruction the individual is offered temporary employment with the Stockholm County Police for 13 months to gain experience.
Participants are offered trainee posts with the Prison and Probation Service and the Fire Departments.
A possibility for participants to take supplementary courses to complete their upper secondary education through distance learning arranged by a folk high school during the period of employment.
Each district/section within the Stockholm County Police will have a trained co-ordinator who will be responsible for the project.
Each district/section will have coaches to support the participants in their individual development and prepare action plans.
The coaches will offer support during the period of employment and encourage further education.
Experienced colleagues well suited to the task will act as coaches.
Through regular discussions the coaches will contribute to the professional development of the participants.
August - September 2009
Recruitment of participants
October - November 2009
Introduction and instruction
December 2009 - December 2010
Employment/traineeship with the Police, the Prison and Probation Service and the Fire Departments
January - June 2011
Seminar, international contacts, evaluation, documentation
40 women and 30 men
Average age, 22 years
30 different nationalities
39 different languages in addition to Swedish and English; predominantly Turkish, followed by Arabic
Origin, Sex and Age of the Participants.
An increased awareness of the fact that the non-Scandinavian origin of the participants is an asset.
An increased understanding of other cultures.
Increased self-esteem amongst the Spira-participants, giving them the courage and desire to seek new challenges.
Personal development for all involved, Spira-participants and personnel alike.
Wage costs, personnel 5 784 089
Material, travelling expenses, evaluation et.c. 1 530 000
Financial aid paid by the Public Employment Service
to 70 participants for the first few months 399 000
Specified total budget in the application handed in to the ESF Council 7 713 089
Aggregate of wages paid by the government to 70 participants
for a period of 13 months 20 903 665
Total project budget28 616 754
Growing and aspiring