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MARCH 2016 ISSUE
With law enforcement legitimacy at the forefront in the United States (and discussed by media around the world), police agencies are seeking to rebuild trust and relationships with the communities and citizens they are sworn to protect. This issue will look at theories, examples, and initiatives that can help law enforcement executives improve police-community relations, including those based on the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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In May 2015, the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was released to the public. Along with 59 recommendations and 92 action items, there was an overarching hope evident in the introduction—that the dialogue the task force engaged in would serve as a model for the conversations that need to occur in police departments and communities across the United States. Law enforcement agencies of all sizes have taken up that challenge and have initiated similar dialogue in various ways.

Some officers are naturally skilled at social interactions. They can be thought of as Masters of Social Encounters (MSEs). Others weren’t born with those skills, but can appreciate them and work to become MSEs. Still others are content with mediocre interactions with civilians. However, recent events have increased the need for social interaction skills to improve community relations. Perhaps the way forward is to learn how these MSEs do what they do—in other words, instead of examining what went wrong, perhaps agencies should look at what goes right and use those lessons to make more officers MSEs.

The cutting-edge element in the exploration of cultural dynamics in society is cultural competency. Developing cultural competency not only helps people recognize the cultural characteristics that define and influence the behavior of various groups of people within society, but also allows individuals to develop a level of confidence in relations to and navigating with cultures other than their own—a skill set essential for law enforcement officers who need to effectively communicate with a wide variety of people.



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