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NCJ Number: 120111 Find in a Library
Title: Bridging the Gap: Towards a Multicultural Policing in Canada
Journal: Canadian Police College Journal  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:153-164
Author(s): A Fleras; F J Descroches; C O'Toole; G Davies
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article addresses the concept of multicultural policing in Canada by focusing on the principles of community policing at the ethnic community level.
Abstract: The multicultural approach is illustrated in the establishment and role of an ethnic relations office in one Ontario police department. The duties of this office range from the followup of racially motivated incidents to the provision of public education and advisory assistance for ethnic organizations. To promote changes within the department, the office instructs recruits and police personnel in multiculturalism and cross-cultural communication. The principles of community and multicultural policing are compared, and the growth of relevant programs under the multicultural policing "umbrella" is reviewed. A discussion of the philosophy and style of the police ethnic relations unit is followed by an analysis of selected racial incidents mediated by the ethnic relations office between 1983 and 1987. The article concludes with a discussion of the usefulness of mediating structures, such as the ethnic relations office, in minimizing the adverse impact of racial incidents. 34 references.
Main Term(s): Police-minority relations
Index Term(s): Ethnic groups; Ontario; Police management; Police-citizen interactions
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