Multicultural Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131571310
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"One of the greatest challenges to American society is developing the ability to respect and acknowledge cultural differences while drawing on the strengths of diversity. The police and all other law enforcement professionals need to be on the cutting edge of meeting that challenge -- this text will help them to effectively fulfill their responsibility." -- Darrel W. Stephens, Chief of Police Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This text focuses on the cross-cultural contact that police officers and civilian employees have with citizens, victims, suspects and co-workers from diverse backgrounds. It explores the pervasive influence of culture, race, and gender both in the workplace and in the communities served by law enforcement professionals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (March 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131571311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131571310
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PHILIP ROBERT HARRIS, Ph.D., is a management/space psychologist, as well as a prolific author and futurist. He is president of Harris International, Ltd. in La Jolla, California, founded in 1971 as a global management consultancy for human resource and organization development. A former college and corporate vice president, presently in retirement, Dr. Harris is a Visiting Professor in the California School of International Management. He received his Ph.D. and M. S. in psychology from Fordham University, and a B. B. A. in business from St. John's University. In 1959, he was licensed as a psychologist by the Education Department of the University of the State of New York. He is also a GS15 Federal Consultant. His biography is listed in many directories (e.g., Who's Who in America and The Writer's Directory).

For the past fifty years, this behavioral scientist has been engaged in HR leadership development, focusing his research and services on change, culture, communication, and management. Dr. Harris has edited three journals, published over 250 articles, authored or edited some 45 books. Currently, he is writing Space Enterprise ' Living and Working Offworld, having just completed Future Possibilities ' Toward Human Emergence. In 2005, Human Resource Development Press published his Managing the Knowledge Culture, and previously his 3 volume, New Work Culture Series.

In 2007, the seventh edition of his classic, Managing Cultural Differences was released by Elsevier Science. Adopted as a text in over 200 universities and colleges worldwide, it is the parent of some 12 supplementary titles in the MCD Series. Phil, as he is known to colleagues. also co-authored the fourth edition of Multicultural Law Enforcement, recently published by Prentice Hall. In his work as a space psychologist, he has authored a professional book, Living and Working in Space, as well as a science-based novel, Launch Out (both available from Univelt). His books are available at For the past ten years, Phil had been a member of the editorial advisory board for the European Business Review in England.

In his multifaceted career, this international consultant has served more than 200 systems, including multinational corporation, government agencies, military units, professional associations, and educational institutions. As an educator, he has been a secondary school guidance director; vice president of St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.; visiting professor at The Pennsylvania State University and Temple University, as well as lecturer at numerous universities worldwide. The latter included Michigan State University, University of California-San Diego, Pepperdine University, University of Strathclyde in Scotland, Sophia University in Japan, and the East-West Center in Hawaii. Dr. Harris has been recipient of numerous awards and grants, such as from the U. S. Office of Naval Research, Fulbright Professor to India, NASA Faculty Fellow, NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science Fellow, and AIAA Associate Fellow He has been producer of major media projects (e.g., for NBC/Sunday Today Show; Westinghouse Learning , and the U. S. Marine Corps).

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Wayne Andrews on April 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I will simply say this about this text. This information is a must read for all who entertain the thought of being a police officer, be it city, county, state or federal. This text is crucial as an "additional tool" for officers; educating one's self in multi-cultural diversity is a good thing especially when taking into account the incredibly diverse population in the U.S. (A dozen scenarios of unecessarily escalated contact with police officers come to mind...)

I am a Lieutenant with the Indiana State Police and an adjunct criminal justice professor at a local college. My students are all interested in becoming police officers. For the most part they come from small towns in mostly white areas. The benefits of specific awareness/respect of other cultures will only help them should they reach their goal to become officers. The better educated more culturally aware officers are truly the most effective ones. Great investigators know how to relate to all kinds of people. This textbook gives us some insight into the communication barriers and cultural hot buttons as well as general behavioral aspects of others. I consider this topic a fundamental building block for a well rounded police officer. Through awareness and understanding we can perform our jobs better and better serve all of our citizens. (our duty) I think some of the previous reviews of this book must be from officers who are too stubborn to change or too disinterested to study. Most officers mistakenly believe that their skills at marksmanship, hand-to-hand self-defense, pursuit driving skills, physical fitness etc., are the most important attributes of a good police officer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Police Sergeant on September 28, 2007
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"Multicultural Law Enforcement - Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society" (Fourth Edition) is an absolute must-have for any police academy, corrections, or college law enforcement program. No other textbook covers such a wide range of topics in such depth concerning how criminal justice professionals are affected by diversity in the society and workforce. As a law enforcement officer with experience ranging from major metropolitan street patrol to Captain in charge of training, I have traveled extensively throughout the West Coast providing training to correctional and law enforcement officers in cultural diversity as well as arrest and control tactics, self-defense, and gun and baton retention. It is my professional opinion that this extraordinary volume will not replace, but instead will complement, the training necessary for street survival tactics, and that professionals who are trained with MULTICULTURAL LAW ENFORCEMENT (MLE) will be more likely to avoid resorting to the use of force. As presented in MLE-4, law enforcement professionals can better understand issues of respect and avoid perceived disrespect due to a lack of cultural awareness. Increased awareness often causes involved parties to be more cooperative and/or exhibit less resistance.

MLE is superior to other materials used in "sensitivity training" in the profession, in several respects. It provides "cultural diversity training" rather than "sensitivity" training, which has been shown to be counter-productive in military and paramilitary training, according to two Pentagon Reports. Each edition of MLE has addressed "hot-button" issues and made recommendations that would surely have prevented unnecessary lawsuits if only more officers had been trained with this text.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Onthejob on June 15, 2011
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This book is terrible. It was obviously written by a group of "experts" who have never worked in law enforcement, and it seems evident that these folks are exhibiting biases and a general attitude of contempt against the men and women who are employed in a law enforcement profession.

In all honesty, I felt as if I was reading a book that was written by a Berkley-educated ACLU attorney, rather than a book that was targeted towards the real professionals who work in law enforcement.

The book makes numerous claims about instances of racial profiling, unfair treatment of minorities, and other unsavory behavior on the part of officers. However, in most cases they justify their position merely by quoting news articles that provide very few facts to support their argument.

By way of example: It is indeed true that an arrested party of any race may not have had knowledge of the local drug trade at the time that they were arrested. But, the fact that the police interviewed him regarding his supposed knowledge of those crimes does not, in and of itself, mean that the officers were profiling the subject, or suggest that these officers were discriminating against this subject on the basis of his race, origin, or ethnicity.

As another reviewer previously mentioned about this book, I wouldn't be inclined to buy it unless you were required to read it for a class or promotional exam. It disappoints me to know that my hard earned money has essentially paid to support these often outlandish views of the world.
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