ERIC Number: EJ947354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 12
Cultural Competency, Education, and Training among Campus Law Enforcement
Anderson, Ashley; Hendricks, James E.
Campus Law Enforcement Journal, v41 n3 p24-25, 28 May-Jun 2011
Enforcement agencies have developed an acute understanding of the importance of cultural competency among officers given the historically diverse nature of societies and communities. However, it has only been in the recent past that departments have begun ongoing training in this area. Training in cultural competency benefits departments in many ways. Such training can assist in improving police-community relations, as well as offering officers ways to be more effective in their charge to serve various publics. Additionally, this training assists departments in avoiding the criticism of "failure to train" in critical areas that can be levied against them by the public, the news media, and the political structure. Profiles of the diversity of U.S. college campuses, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, are invaluable in determining the nature and extent of cultural competency training offered to officers based on campus population. It is predicted that cultural competency training will be more prevalent in campus police and public safety departments, which serve highly diverse populations, and there will be a lack of training and attention to this topic in departments serving more homogenous populations. Every department with relatively homogenous populations needs cultural competency training, given that campus populations do not remain static. That is, campuses have a continual flow of visitors from all lifestyles participating in various activities, including, but not limited to, cultural events, workshops, and visits. A better understanding of cultural competency training and unmet training needs for campus police will serve to address the needs of all publics interacting on and within campus communities. In this article, the authors discuss the current program being proposed which consists of thirteen modules created to assist officers through the training program.
Descriptors: Law Enforcement, School Security, Security Personnel, Cultural Awareness, Cross Cultural Training
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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