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    Diversity and Policing (a Topic in Police Psychology)

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    The term diversity, as used in this course, is defined broadly to include not only race and ethnicity, but also religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, and other characteristics. The purpose of diversity training in the work place is to raise awareness of such differences and to help people become "culturally sensitive" and "culturally competent." What this means is that they are able to communicate and interact appropriately with diverse populations. The importance of understanding minority cultures—cultures represented by the wide variety of characteristics noted above—is underscored by anti-discrimination laws as well as laws related to the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

    Police professionals are particularly challenged within the communities and departments in which they work because of the diversity of the populations they interact with and serve. As a result, police professionals are provided with diversity training and EEO training to assist them in addressing these challenges. As police recruits, they are taught about cultural diversity through classes in the police academy, and police administration may bring in consultants to provide additional training classes. At times, police personnel are specifically trained to provide diversity programs as well. Police professionals are encouraged to be open and honest when being trained to work effectively with diverse populations. They also must be open to accepting feedback about their own diversity issues as well as the need to learn about law enforcement culture. There is a significant commitment that must be made to ensure this type of training exists, and top officials within the organization must support it.

    Review the article, "The Relationship Between Multicultural Training for Police and Effective Law Enforcement." Think about the impact that forensic psychology professionals have on police professionals through the diversity training they provide.

    Review the article, "Making Good Cops in the Twenty-First Century: Emerging Issues for the Effective Recruitment, Selection, and Training of Police in the United States and Abroad." Consider the types of diversity training that a forensic psychology professional could provide to administrative police professionals and the impact that training could have on policing.
    Review the document, "Facts About the Americans With Disabilities Act," and consider the impact of forensic psychology professionals' provision of diversity training to police professionals.
    Review the remaining Learning Resources from this week, focusing on the impact of diversity training by forensic psychology professionals to administrative police professionals. Think about the difference this training can make and consider its value.
    Think about the diversity training provided by forensic psychology professionals. Consider the difference it makes to administrative police professionals and to the police department as a whole.

    Think about the impact that forensic psychology professionals could have on the communication effectiveness of police professionals when interacting with diverse populations.

    Evaluate the impact of diversity training by forensic psychology professionals—specifically, respond to the difference it can make and evaluate its value.
    Analyze how the provision of diversity training impacts the police department as a whole. Be specific and provide examples.

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    Diversity, Psychological Competencies and Policing

    Workforces across the United States are expected to be representative of the population. This means a diverse workforce where all communities and subgroups are represented, where hiring is not biased and discriminative and all are given equal opportunity to take part and compete, not on the merits of race and ethnicity or sex and gender or age but on the merits of personal attributes that allows for job-fit and performance. The principle of diversity simply means the ability to work with, manage, utilize and interact with a diverse group of people without bias, prejudice and discrimination. Human beings however often judge from their own socialization - their perspectives. With relativism not a 'trained skill' to most, what it utilised is the practice of tolerance and often, in the case of policing and justice - this does not equate to effective communication or interaction - essential elements to effective policing. What forensic psychologists do is provide police officers and policing staff with psychological competencies that allow them to cross cultural barriers that impede policing a diverse population to communicate, relate and interact with minority groups within their areas of responsibility effectively in a bid to make everyone feel a part of the community.

    Communication Effectiveness

    In a report by Keesee and Nila (2011), "the issues of race, police, and trust are complex, ageless challenges without easy or quick fixes. That said, it is the duty of every police leader today to embrace the challenge; understand the ...

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