Policing in a Diverse Society provides an in-depth look at historical events that have shaped the thinking of both minority groups and law enforcement officers. Many stereotypes and myths have evolved as a result of lack of understanding, and this book utilizes a historical perspective as another means of closing the gap between the law enforcement officers and the communities they serve and protect. The text offers the reader an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the “rift” that may exist between law enforcement and citizens. This is used to impress upon the reader the need for officers in training to arm themselves with more than guns and a badge—that knowledge about issues relating to diversity is necessary in order for officers to perform their duties effectively and efficiently in America’s diverse population.
This book is useful not only for criminal justice students, but law enforcement organizations’ basic law enforcement training sessions as well. In an effort to achieve the main objective of helping the reader understand and build a better relationship between officers and citizens, the historical perspective of each population segment discussed is included.
“This book will be valuable for anyone wishing to further understand multiculturalism and its impact on American society.” — Criminal Justice Review
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