The main aim of MIRAD’s radicalisation risk assessment training scenarios is to depict events in a virtual reality environment to be analysed by technical practitioners, seeking to provide an innovative approach tailored to their needs.
Following the development of these scenarios and their initial finetuning, the final stage was to carry out in-person training events to pilot and test them. A Cross-Sectoral Training Event was organised in Lisbon, Portugal with participants from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Poland, and Spain, followed by its replication in National Cascade Training Events in each country. These events included the testing of the scenarios and the work with IRS tool, after which feedback discussions were held and forms were filled out towards producing guidelines and recommendations for improving the VR scenarios.
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The events were attended by police officers, psychologists, NGOs, as well as community mediation services from local councils.
As Justyna Karolak and Cezary Mecwaldowski, the trainers from Poland say:
The curiosity and commitment of the participants allowed us to implement all prepared workshops in every detail from beginning to the end. We managed to present the issue of radicalisation from the point of view developed in the MIRAD project. We consider the development of this common ground a success.
We were able to provide cross-cutting training and encourage multi-agency collaboration between different organisations. With this variety of participants, we were able to present the project and its products in a more holistic way covering prevention, intervention and rehabilitation.