Corrections officers work with diverse populations and must be able to effectively interact with all kinds of people. Officers must be prepared to proactively become aware of cultural differences, in order to support positive communications. Officers must also be prepared to examine their own personal biases and prejudices, so that they do not result in discriminatory behaviors. Officers are bound by law enforcement ethics, professionalism, and civil rights law, to conduct their duties in an impartial manner. This class familiarizes students with these aspects of cultural diversity and addresses Implicit Human Bias. Implicit Biases refer to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner.
At the end of this unit of instruction, the student will be able to accomplish the following objectives as outlined in the lesson:
7.2.1 Identify 6 of the 8 benefits of cultural awareness to officers and agencies.
7.2.2 Define culture.
7.2.3 Define intercultural competence.
7.2.4 Define Stereotyping.
7.2.5 Define implicit bias.
7.2.6 Identify 3 strategies for countering implicit bias.