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  NCJ Number: NCJ 212664     Find in a Library
  Title: Diversity Series: Religions, Cultures, and Communities
  Document URL: HTML 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Corporate Author: Karl Productions, Inc.
United States of America
  Date Published: 2006
  Page Count: 0
  Annotation: Two DVDs use narrative, interviews, and images to familiarize Chicago police officers with the diversity of religions and cultures of the people with whom they will interact in the course of their duties, thus enabling officers to be more sensitive, respectful, tolerant, and constructive in serving a diverse population.
  Abstract: The first of the two DVDs focuses on the various religions represented among Chicago residents. The religions profiled are Sikhism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Eastern Orthodoxy. The DVD uses narrator commentary and statements by practitioners and authorities on each religion to explain the history, central beliefs, and practices of the religion. The verbal commentary is accompanied by images of adherents engaged in worship, education, and rituals associated with the religion, as well as any distinctive dress, physical appearance, and symbols associated with the religion. The second DVD focuses on distinctive cultures that condition the attitudes, behaviors, values, and interests of Chicago residents. The cultures described in the DVD are classified as East Asian, South Asian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Central/South American, and transgender. The latter is discussed as a distinctive segment of the population that requires police to make decisions and pursue policies appropriate to those who have physically changed their gender identity. For the cultures rooted in various geographic areas of the world, the DVD identifies the countries in the region that reflect the culture. For each culture, attention is given to language, customary practices in social interaction, dominant religious beliefs, and dominant attitudes toward police in the countries where the culture is present. Of particular concern is the prevalence in some of the cultures of fear of police. In such cases, police are advised to practice behaviors and communication that builds trust.
  Main Term(s): Police-minority relations
  Index Term(s): Socioculture ; Hispanic Americans ; Asian Americans ; Religion ; Cultural influences ; Immigrants/Aliens ; Cross cultural training ; Police human relations training ; BJA grant-related documents ; Illinois
  Sponsoring Agency: Chicago Police Dept
United States of America

Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2000-DD-VX-K002
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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