The unique role of law enforcement officials in any community makes cross-cultural understanding imperative. In addition to the need to ensure officer-to-officer sensitivity, to accurately represent its constituents, law enforcement officials need understanding, respect, and a willingness to communicate with all segments of the population.
If members of the community feel that their own concerns are not understood, their confidence in law enforcement personnel to meet these needs may be severely diminished. Unfortunately, this can adversely impact cooperation for reporting crimes and providing information vital to solving crimes.
The Diversity program will help civilians and law enforcement personnel to:
Critically examine stereotypes and cultural assumptions that are often held by the community and by the law enforcement professionals who serve the community.
Examine ways participants perceive others, how others perceive them and how this impacts officer effectiveness and, ultimately, officer safety
Observe and experience cultural differences, to increase awareness of attitudes and behaviors, and to appreciate the commonalities that exist across diverse cultures
Discuss the negative effects of prejudice and discrimination and thereby become empowered to confront these divisive issues
Examine how diversity skills directly affect law enforcement work, including its relationship to hate crime investigations
Create a situation that will reinforce the concept of community team building
Turn knowledge into usable skills for serving a diverse community
Enhancing the level of trust in the County that we serve. By being more accountable to and accessible to the citizens of the county, I believe that we can be more responsive to their concerns and their needs.
Meeting and working with neighborhoods and business owners to create a safer, stronger Somerset County through hands-on, ground-level community policing and applying proven crime prevention tactics. Assisting all Somerset County Law Enforcement Agencies in their time of need by offering many different mutual aid assistance programs!
Increasing the amount of news releases and educational awareness programs. I would provide the public with information on current and recent crimes that are in the area and ways to avoid them and how and where to report them. I would work cooperatively with media sources highlighting recent arrests, crimes investigated, department functions, and programs hosted by the sheriff’s office.