Adapting Police Services to New Immigration (Criminal by Leigh Culver

By Leigh Culver

Latino immigration to the Midwest has had an important effect on police-community relatives, relatively, in smaller groups traditionally unaccustomed to diversified ethnic teams. This ebook describes the stories of legislations enforcement organisations in 3 Mid-Missouri groups and their efforts to conform to their altering demographics whereas keeping present relatives with the bulk inhabitants. The findings show that the connection among legislations enforcement and the bulk groups used to be optimistic and supportive. there have been a number of demanding situations, although, to the improvement of a cooperative police-Latino courting. those integrated the language barrier, worry of the police, immigration concerns and the character of contacts among the police and Latino group.

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Finally, Skolnick (1975, 45) suggests that because officers are trained to identify persons who may represent a source of danger, minority group members may be categorized as “symbolic assailants,” a stereotype which results in inequitable treatment when contacted by the police. , especially drug 20 Adapting Police Services to New Immigration offenses) and should therefore be targeted by law enforcement (Harris 1999; 2002; Walker 2001). 7 percent for African Americans. In short, the assumption that minorities use drugs at disproportionately high rates is incorrect (Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Leadership Conference Education Fund 2000).

The perception of time, for example, may have culturally different meanings for Latinos and whites (Hennessy 2000; Hinkle 1991; Quintanilla 1983). ’ the answer, in most cases, will not be concrete. ’ As a result, Anglo officers may perceive this indirect answer as an indication of the person’s unwillingness to cooperate (Quintanilla 1983, 4). Family traditions and values in the Latino culture also affect relations with the police. The father is traditionally considered the decision maker, disciplinarian and the head of the household (Shusta et al.

In addition to close ties between people, the policecommunity relationship is very familiar (Hawkins and Weisheit 2003); police are more likely to engage in informal interactions with citizens they know (Frank and Liederbach 2003). Although police officers in large cities are often viewed as outsiders, in rural communities, they are considered an essential part of the community by local residents (Decker 1979; Weisheit, Wells, and Falcone 1994). Individual police officers in small towns and rural areas also are more likely than those in large cities to be respected by community residents (Decker 1979).

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