Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Hiring standards in most police agencies result in most officer candidates having little, if any, meaningful exposure to the "oppositional" culture of the urban, minority poor. Given the current popularity of the Community Oriented Policing paradigm---with its emphasis on positive police/community relations---current police hiring and training practices handicap police agencies in their efforts to gain the trust of urban, minority communities. A content analysis of United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigations under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14141) was found to support the hypothesis that the interface between the police and urban males is problematic and that cultural training was identified as a training inadequacy in police departments, both large and small.
Case; Clash; Cultural; Culture; Making; Paradigm; Police; Training
Criminology; Ethnology--Study and teaching; Public policy; Education, bilingual
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Edwards, Hal S, "Culture clash: Making the case for a new paradigm in police cultural training" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1661.
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