Presentation Title

Cultural Diversity Awareness: Perceptions Of Community Residents And Police Personnel

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Kelly Brown

Dr. Darcel Brady

Dr. Houston Thompson

Dr. Stan Tuttle

Pamela Lee

Project Type

EdD Colloquium - ONU

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This study examined the difference in self-reported perceptions of cultural diversity awareness between two specific groups, community residents and police personnel, within a Midwestern city’s community and police department. This study also measured how their attitudes related to their likelihood to assist in enhancing the goals of community policing, which includes the prevention of crime. Literature cited demonstrates that social injustice toward African Americans and Latinos, cultural diversity ignorance, miscommunication, and lack of trust between community residents and police personnel are indicators that their relationships require positive solutions toward repairing a historically strained relationship. The Miami University Diversity Awareness Scale and the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale were utilized to measure cultural diversity and intercultural sensitivity which was the focus of possible resolutions. Using an Independent t-Test analysis, there was no significant difference in the perception of cultural diversity awareness between the thirty-one community residents and forty-three police personnel. Intercultural sensitivity was positively correlated with cultural diversity awareness. Notably, using a Spearman Rho analysis, results indicated that cultural diversity awareness positively correlated with self-reported responses from the two specific groups which further provide law enforcement and community residents with material for discussion which can enhance transparency and provide a systematic way of reducing crime and disorder, adding to a collective acceptance in a multicultural society.

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Apr 18th, 9:00 AM Apr 18th, 9:15 AM

Cultural Diversity Awareness: Perceptions Of Community Residents And Police Personnel

Wisner Auditorium

This study examined the difference in self-reported perceptions of cultural diversity awareness between two specific groups, community residents and police personnel, within a Midwestern city’s community and police department. This study also measured how their attitudes related to their likelihood to assist in enhancing the goals of community policing, which includes the prevention of crime. Literature cited demonstrates that social injustice toward African Americans and Latinos, cultural diversity ignorance, miscommunication, and lack of trust between community residents and police personnel are indicators that their relationships require positive solutions toward repairing a historically strained relationship. The Miami University Diversity Awareness Scale and the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale were utilized to measure cultural diversity and intercultural sensitivity which was the focus of possible resolutions. Using an Independent t-Test analysis, there was no significant difference in the perception of cultural diversity awareness between the thirty-one community residents and forty-three police personnel. Intercultural sensitivity was positively correlated with cultural diversity awareness. Notably, using a Spearman Rho analysis, results indicated that cultural diversity awareness positively correlated with self-reported responses from the two specific groups which further provide law enforcement and community residents with material for discussion which can enhance transparency and provide a systematic way of reducing crime and disorder, adding to a collective acceptance in a multicultural society.