How Law Enforcement Professionals Can Effectively Serve Minority Communities Through Cross-Cultural Learning

Do you believe police officers and other law enforcement professionals require specific training for working with minority communities? Could their existing cross-cultural education be improved? If yes, Badges2Bridges is the answer to your cross-cultural training needs.

Communities need law enforcement professionals. However, working with a wide cross-section of different racial and cultural groups can be challenging for police officers, parole officers, lawyers and leaders in the field. Competency in effectively navigating cross-cultural interactions is crucial to ensuring community members are served in a manner that is safe and respectful. When community members lose trust in law enforcement professionals, their ability to report crimes and work co-operatively with law enforcement personnel to solve crimes is diminished.

Badges2Bridges is a training program specifically designed to provide law enforcement professionals with the tools to build positive relationships with communities. The Badges2Bridges philosophy is one of mutual respect and partnership in the development of safe and healthy communities. The program offers professionals the opportunity to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own homes through online modules. Professionals will learn key concepts in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. This knowledge will help develop their emotional intelligence as required for working with the public.

The program also offers in-class training and advisory support for those organizations requiring more hands-on support. Modules develop cross-cultural understanding and awareness using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool. Learning modules will help officers to:

  • Define stereotypes, unconscious bias, prejudice, racism, discrimination;
  • Examine the role that body language plays in cross-cultural interactions;
  • Identify issues impacting African Americans in the criminal justice system;
  • Identify issues impacting Latinos in the Criminal Justice System;
  • Discuss the role of mental health in the workplace and in high-impact roles such as policing.

Leaders can track each staff member’s progress through the online course with individual assessment scores. Learn more about the program and how your organization can obtain a free consultation from Dr. Anita Jack-Davies, the program’s founder.

Dr. Anita Jack-Davies, Program Founder

As a Workplace Diversity Consultant I often work with clients in charge of DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion). I was moved to develop the Badges2Bridges program after working with Alan. Alan was a new Staff Sergeant in charge of a new DEI unit at his police service. When we first met to talk about how I might support his work, I could tell that he was not only nervous about his new role, but unsure about this new world of cross-cultural understanding that I was asking him to know. Keeping Alan in mind, I set out to create a program that he, and other officers like him, could use as a resource as they develop and implement DEI measures for their organizations. Alan was trained as a police officer. The DEI sector was new to him. He wanted to do well, even though he knew that he was embarking on training in a new sphere that took him out of his comfort zone. Alan and I worked together on a few DEI projects over a two year timeframe. With each project, I learned from Alan in the same way that he learned from me. I watched as his confidence and commitment to DEI measures increased. Eventually, Alan was promoted because it was clear that his commitment to DEI issues extended far beyond his role. Looking back on his growth, I realized that other officers and leaders also need support in their DEI efforts. It is my hope that they will turn to Badges2Bridges as a training resource that will supplement what they already receive at the police college and in their annual training.

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