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.