Agents are more inclined to misconduct colleague to report after the training on the Holocaust


Agenten meer geneigd om wangedrag collega te rapporteren na opleiding over Holocaust

The Kazerne Dossin

Police officers are more inclined to the misconduct of a colleague to report after attending a training in the Dossin Barracks in Mechelen. According to research from two professors of sociology of the VUB. The vormingstraject ” Holocaust, police and human rights’ exists since 2014. More than 8.200 workers of the police, the programme already followed.

The agents get in the Dossin Barracks a guided tour with special attention to the role of the police during the Second world War. Agents were then for strong ethical dilemmas when the nazis them forced to make violent raids on Jews to perform.

From different examples, build police officers during the formation of a theoretical framework that gives insight into handelingsmarges. With that knowledge, they go in a second part of the training started with practical examples from their day to day functioning. Phenomena such as power, shared responsibility and group dynamics play a role.


Professors Bram Spruyt and Filip Van Droogenbroeck went the effectiveness of the training after. Participants were given in advance, shortly after the training program and one month later, a survey presented that asked him to their own subjective impact and the real impact of the training.

Nine out of the ten participants indicate that they have something in the training had, for almost 70 percent are the insights useful for their work practice, and 55 percent say on the way, to put things differently in the future.

But the real effects are significant. This gave respondents a fictitious case study will be presented on misconduct of a colleague. It appears that they after the training, the misconduct of the fellow, the more serious, heavier penalties deem appropriate, and more willing to change the behavior to report. The effect is greatest for the case in which there was an ethnic bias, and negligence.

Basic training

There was also a poll on different socio-political views with the participants. It was found that the respondents, after the training, less socially dominant. That means that they are less convinced that certain social groups in society more powerful, and that inequality is good. That goes along with the ethnic distance that is smaller turns out to be, and in which participants are asked to indicate a closer relationship to want to engage with people of other ethno-cultural groups. Participants also seem less likely to uncritically conform to authority.

All the personnel of the integrated police training follow voluntarily. Since 2016 is integrated in the basic training of the cadets.