The focus of the interview with Sheriff Ron Bowman was diversity training for law enforcement officers, his opinions on different issues pertaining to diversity and acceptance of different cultures, races, socio-economic status, lifestyle, and gender, as well as any challenges he sees in how law enforcement officers deal with issues relating to diversity. We also talked a bit about his recommendations for anyone wanting to seek a career in criminal justice and the importance of personal choices and continuing education.
It was refreshing to see how much Sheriff Bowman and I agreed on many different scenarios when it comes to learning about different cultures and races, and how education is a key factor in helping others to understand the concept and acceptance of diversity. There is a necessity for those who are working with the public to receive and continue to be educated about all of the many different types of people that we will encounter in our lifetime and that just because someone believes, acts or behaves in a way that is different from our own does not mean that what they a...
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...mportant. Building relationships is a two way process and if you are working with or dealing with people from different cultural backgrounds you should be willing and open about sharing information about your own culture so that they can better understand you as well. This will help to avoid anyone making instant judgments as well as enforce the trust needed between two different people.
About Anne Arundel County. (n. d.). Retrieved January 9, 2014, from http://www.aacounty.org/Sheriff/
Rosenblum, K., & Travis, T. (2012). The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability (6th ed.). New York, NT: McGraw-Hill.
Useful Concepts in Anti-oppression. (n. d.). Retrieved January 9, 2014, from sagepub.com website: http://www.sagepub.com/upm-data/24815_9781412922688_Ch2.pdf
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