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  NCJ Number: NCJ 242329     Find in a Library
  Title: Policing a Multicultural Society
  Document URL: PDF 
  Editor(s): Pinhas Yehezkeally ; Orit Shalev
  Journal: Journal of Police & Society: An Interdisciplinary Israeli Journal of Law Enforcement & Criminology  Issue:No. 7 – Special Issue: Policing a Multicultural Society  Dated:April 2003
  Date Published: 04/2003
  Page Count: 247
  Annotation: Presented in this issue of Police and Society are papers prepared for a conference on “policing a multicultural society” hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice and the Israel National Police, Community & Civil Guard Department in March 2001.
  Abstract: At the turn of the 21st century, multicultural communities are a growing phenomenon globally and in many cities throughout the United States. The world has witnessed increasing transnational migration of large groups of people due to a variety of factors worldwide. This movement has resulted in changes in the ethnic and cultural makeup of communities that are the destinations and sources of the migration. These changes present multifaceted challenges for criminal justice practitioners and policymakers in the affected communities. Some are deeply rooted in cultural traditions, such as allowing only female-to-female or male-to-male contact, or permitting men to carry ceremonial daggers. Depending on the groups experiences in their country of origin, cooperation with police may not be forthcoming, therefore earning their trust becomes paramount. Recruitment and retention of an ethnically diverse police force is a necessity for building trust, but cultural and personal experiences may make this a challenge. Others are more common across emigrating groups. For example, not everyone speaks the same language. Therefore, poor language skills can result in even the most basic communication between the police and the individual/group becoming a challenge. And, a lack of cultural sensitivity, real or perceived, may lead to unintended consequences and violence. Failure to adequately address the challenges of policing in a multicultural society can, at best, result in misunderstandings between groups and alienation. At worst, it becomes the catalyst of civil unrest and violence.
  Main Term(s): Police community relations ; Police
  Index Term(s): Community relations ; Community involvement ; Cultural influences ; Public Opinion of the Police ; Police-citizen interactions ; Cross cultural training ; Criminal justice training ; Police community relations programs ; Police conflict resolution training
  Type: Collected Work
  Country: Israel
  Language: English
  Note: These papers were published by the Israel National Police in a special edition of Police and Society. NIJ has posted them online to better share information from, and the experiences of, the eight participating countries with practitioners and policymakers in the United States and in other countries that face similar problems.
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