Diversity Training For New Police Recruits

This spring and summer, I have been teaching Diversity Training for new police recruits at the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Police Academy. For the course, I integrated Finding Home’s values-based approach to problem solving. The training enables the students to apply the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for the cross-cultural problem solving, communication, and partnership building that is important in all aspects of police work. The goal is for new police recruits to understand different interpretations of the same event, learn tools to manage their own interpretations and reactions, and ultimately to increase their effectiveness in responding to challenging situations. My goal in providing this workshop is that new police recruits will first explore their triggers (interpretations and emotional reactions), before pulling a trigger.

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