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NCJ Number: 71051 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement - Race Relations Committees in Metropolitan Toronto - An Experiment in Police-Citizen Partnership
Author(s): J Gandy; L Cooke
Corporate Author: Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 82
Sponsoring Agency: Liaison Group on Law Enforcement and Race Relations
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3J3, Canada
Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3J3, Canada
Sale Source: Liaison Group on Law Enforcement and Race Relations
Publications Dept
185 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3J3,
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The operations of four Law Enforcement-Race Relations Committees established in Metropolitan Toronto in 1977-79 to promote communication between police and minorities are analyzed and assessed.
Abstract: Three objectives were developed for the pilot committees: (1) to develop a structure that would increase communication between police officials and visible minority groups, (2) to provide members of visible minorities with a channel for conveying their attitudes about police practices to appropriate police officials, and (3) to provide opportunities to interpret methods and procedures associated with effective policing. The monitoring of the pilot committees revealed mixed results. Although the committees have the potential for establishing and maintaining a constructive dialogue between the police and visible minorities, changes are needed in the composition and functioning of the committee and in the input and attitudes of the community and police members. The committees did provide a structure that enabled police and members of the community to meet on a regular basis. Only limited use was made of the structure provided for conveying attitudes of minorities to police officials, because the committees usually dealt with specific complaints rather than patterns of complaints or problems. The need for a fresh look at the limitations of traditional police practices in establishing an ongoing working relationship between police and community is emphasized. Footnotes are provided. Appendixes list committee meetings and interviews and describe an outreach project.
Index Term(s): Community relations; Minorities; New England States; Police reform
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