Endowed Chair Lecture: Policing Humanity
Strengthening the culture of criminal justice and
communities through applied social science
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location: Classroom Building, Room 200
In 2020, the New York State Department of Criminal Justice identified five initiatives by which police engagement and collaboration with communities could be strengthened. Three of those goals: enhancing policing standards and strategies; fostering community-oriented leadership, culture, and accountability; and recruiting and supporting quality personnel, could be directly met by ensuring recruits are provided with a basic foundation in traditional, evidence-based social science.
Sociology is the study of social interaction, and criminology the study of specifically antisocial interaction. In understanding the discipline’s principles of interpersonal engagement, police will better understand themselves and their communities. Given the tools to think critically and nurture curiosity about the development of their own perspectives and values, they can develop intercultural competencies and advance their awareness and empathy of others. These tools to understand and correct biases or dysfunctional coping mechanisms should be learned prior to being placed in communities as law enforcement; and when the environment that explains the building block concepts of social interaction is the police academy, every successive encounter builds on a secure footing of reflective professionalism.
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