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NCJ Number: 163985 Find in a Library
Title: Dealing With Diversity
Corporate Author: Los Angeles Cty Sheriff's Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: AIMS
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4409
Los Angeles Cty Sheriff's Dept
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Sale Source: AIMS
9710 DeSota Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4409
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video instructs police officers in the importance and techniques of respecting and communicating with cultural, racial, and gender groups different from their own.
Abstract: The material is designed to help officers re-examine values, beliefs, and attitudes toward diverse groups and expand their cultural awareness. Through a series of dramatized vignettes, discrimination and stereotyping is shown in a law enforcement setting. The scenarios depict how easy it is to be misunderstood by citizens or fellow employees. They demonstrate stereotyping and prejudicial behavior against minority and gender groups and contain suggestions for overcoming these problems. The first section of vignettes pertains to respect for cultural, gender, ethnic, and rank differences among police officers themselves. The vignettes depict insensitive comments within the organizational setting, and suggest the importance of respecting the feelings of fellow officers. Other vignettes pertain to how officers view the communities and individuals they serve. Some of the issues addressed are the stereotyping of certain racial groups as likely to be criminals, such that an officer assumes that a person of a particular race has a criminal background or is prone to criminal behavior. Vignettes consider such issues as language barriers, communicating respect for a person of a different race, and avoidance of value judgments about people. An instructional pamphlet accompanies the video.
Main Term(s): Police human relations training
Index Term(s): California; Cultural influences; Ethnic groups; Minorities; Police-minority relations; Racial discrimination
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