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NCJ Number: 65788 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: POLICE-MINORITY COMMUNITY RELATIONS - THE CONTROL AND STRUCTURING OF POLICE DISCRETION
Corporate Author: Spring Hill Ctr
United States of America
Editor(s): D HOEL; J ZIEGENHAGEN
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 121
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Spring Hill Ctr
Wayzala, MN 55391
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PROCEEDINGS ARE PRESENTED OF A 1977 CONFERENCE BETWEEN POLICE OFFICIALS FROM MAJOR U.S. CITIES, MINORITY GROUP LEADERS, AAD FEDERAL OFFICIALS ON WAYS TO EFFECTIVELY CONTROL POLICE DISCRETIONARY POWERS.
Abstract: AN INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT NOTES THE NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS OF POLICE HELD BY MINORITY COMMUNITIES AS A RESULT OF A CULTURAL GAP BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL POLICEMAN'S ETHNOCENTRIC MIDDLE-CLASS ORIENTATION AND AS WHAT IS VIEWED AS THE INDISCREET USE OF FORCE BY THE POLICE. DESCRIBES AND EVALUATES SOME OF THE MECHANISMS THAT HAVE BEEN USED TO CONTROL POLICE DISCRETION, INCLUDING INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNITS, CIVIL REVIEW BOARDS, POLICE RECRUITMENT POLICIES, AND INFORMATION ON POLICE ARRESTS SUPPLIED BY THE PROSECUTORS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM. POLICE OFFICIALS FROM THE CITIES OF OAKLAND, LOS ANGELES, DETROIT, MADISON, PORTLAND (OREGON), BOSTON, AND MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL DESCRIBE PROGRAMS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CITIES FOR CONTROLLING POLICE DISCRETIONARY CONDUCT AND SENSITIZING MINORITY COMMUNITIES TO POLICE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. EACH PRESENTATION IS ACCOMPANIED BY A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER PERIOD IN WHICH MINORITY AND OTHER CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS DIRECT QUESTIONS ON POLICE-COMMUNITY PROGRAMS. IN ADDITION, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DESCRIBES THE MEDIATION, CONCILIATION, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS OFFERED TO LOCAL POLICE-COMMUNITY PROGRAMS. MAJOR CONCLUSIONS FROM THE CONFERENCE ARE IDENTIFIED AS THE FOLLOWING: (1) POLICE DEPARTMENTS MUST IDENTIFY AND SET PRIORITIES ON COMMUNITY PROBLEMS; (2) POLICEMEN MUST BE VESTED WITH SUFFICIENT AUTHORITY TO EFFECTIVELY DO THEIR JOB AND CUT DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS THAT DO NOT LEAD TO CONVICTIONS; AND (3) ELIMINATION OF POLICE ABUSES OF AUTHORITY, AS WELL AS INCREASED PAY AND WIDER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR POLICE, MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY IMPROVED POLICE SERVICES. (DEG)
Index Term(s): California; Civilian Review Boards; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Minorities; Oregon; Police attitudes; Police discretion; Prosecutors Management Information System; Recruitment; US Department of Justice
Note: PROCEEDINGS OF A NATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD NOVEMBER, 1977, WAYZATA, MINNESOTA
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