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What are the common communication problems in police-community relations? How can communication be improved? Please explain and give specific examples.

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1. What are the common communication problems in police-community relations? How can communication be improved? Please explain and give specific examples.

Language access is a common communication problem in police-community relations even though the ability to effectively communicate is often taken for granted in our society. But for limited English proficient populations, difficulties of language access and communication can serve as a substantial barrier to social and justice system services. Different communication styles lead to misunderstandings and a lack of trust an cooperation between the community and police. Nowhere is this issue more acute than in the interaction between police and immigrant communities. For example. Ortiz (2008), explores these issues through an analysis of data stemming from a Vera Institute of Justice project that examined language access issues in three diverse police agencies. Through the utilization of detailed interview/focus group data and official police records, he found that language access issues can have a far reaching ...

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This solution describes the common communication problems in police-community relations, as well as explains how communication can be improved giving specific examples. Supplemented with a Rand study of police-community relations.

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