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Police, Race and Ethnicity: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers

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241 pages
These 12 articles aim to give police officers in Ontario, Canada, the background information needed for effective interactions with citizens of varied racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
Introductory papers explain crucial concepts and terminology used in sociology and discuss the ways in which the occupational subculture of the police parallels certain aspects of racial and ethnic minority groups. The next section presents analyses of incidents of discrimination and problems in the relationships between police and minority communities in Ontario, the resulting distrust existing among some minorities, and efforts to improve police-community relations. The final section presents profiles of seven minority groups with whom Ontario police officers are likely to have professional contact. The profiles include historical overviews of the group's heritage; a discussion of the record and nature of immigration into Ontario; and a description of the group's language, family, structure, home life, religion, naming structure, and community organizations. The profiles describe Native Americans, blacks, South Asians, Chinese, Portuguese, Hispanics, and Italians. Case studies, chapter reference lists, glossary, and index.


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