CRIMINAL JUSTICE & SOCIETY- CALL FOR LAWFUL EQUALITY

 

Question 1- This question is designed to focus on police problem solving skills in the workplace and to identify some of the considerations that should be taken into account in decision making, for example include interpersonal and intrapersonal communication, verbal and non verbal communication, the scientific method of investigation, the physical and social context of communication like noise and lighting, temperature, the purpose of the event etc

Discuss these in relation to the article, in essay format, and how the relationship between police and the Aboriginal community, as described in the above newspaper article, could be improved. Your analysis should include discussion of the issues of police culture, social steroetyping and bias. Your essay is to be appropriately referenced and is to be of 500-600 words length, including quotes……………………..

 

Introduction

The aborigine community is an indigenous tribe of people in Australia. Most of them reside in New South Wales. According to Minus’ (2009) article, the aborigines are constantly discriminated and harassed by the New South Wales police. For the last 20 years, they have passed through mistreatment in the hands of police to an extent of rarely receive assistance from the police in seeking justice to atrocities subjected to them. Despite the Illawara Aboriginal community Based Working Group filling several claims of sexual assault and harassment the police turns deaf ears on them even when the culprits are identified. Through the Groups’ spokesperson Sharralyn Robinson, complaints have been launched to the police Minister Tony Kelly to urgently address the issues.

Consideration to take in solving the disputes

Interpersonal communication

The natives through their representatives must initiate talks with the minister for police in New South Wales to find potential causes of the excessive discrimination and harassment. Through the meeting planned with top politicians and the region’s police, the natives must find an avenue to address their predicaments in the hands of the police. The police and top politicians will be able to identify the reasons and the officers involved in the discriminatory act against the natives and address the way forward. This will be in finding a prospective principle of police in order to operate in away that is respectful of Aboriginal community way of life. Community awareness and sensitization on the rights of Aborigines must be presented at the meeting to eradicate the issue with social bias and stereotyping. Aboriginals use different accent and languages hence important to learn how they speak, use of signs and continuously consulting Aboriginal staff to get what they talking about.  In most cases there is lack of a coherent language and therefore necessary to seek help in trying to get the meaning of the message being passed. (Aboriginal Service Branch, 2009).

 

 

Replacement of Para-military police with community based police

The top political persons and police commanders must find ways of recruiting and employing Aboriginal community based police as opposed to Para-military police who are used to the culture of using force. Community based police will help in confronting the issue of violence against the local community. An urgent need to commit to serious role of Aboriginal –police liaison must be considered to accomplish the function of community in policing plans. A requirement should be some element of control by the Aborigine over such strategies and essential allocation of resources (Cunneen, 1990).

Negotiations and rights exercise

Illawara Aboriginal Community based Working group must be given power to launch complaints and fight for the rights and interests of the local people. The New South Wales government must exercise the constitutional rights of the natives by giving them an opportunity to voice their complaints. The law protection agencies like the courts must strictly use qualified experts to carry out investigations regarding workplace harassment of Aborigines. Those responsible in the violence and discrimination; whether the police or other races must be dealt with according to the constitution.

Cultural Events and festival sensitization

The local community might choose to pass out messages through cultural festivals and events supported by the community and New South Wales government. Through the events, songs, dances, performances and other cultural facets might be applied to pass out their message of a cry for help. These events can be organized at national level and regional level which might attract the attention of other lobby groups to come to their rescue. This can be used where negotiations and talks with the government officials has failed. With the support of individuals like liaison officer based at Warilla police Station, many other officers who might have the same opinions might come to the rescue of the Aborigines concerning their atrocities (Barbour, 2005).

 

 

References

Bruce Barbour, 2005, working with Local Aboriginal communities: Audit of the implementation

of the NSW police, NSW Ombudsman

Chris Cunneen, 1990, Problems in the implementation of Community policing strategies,

Institute of criminology, university of Sydney

Jodie Minus, 2009, Call for Lawful Equality, Illawara Mercury News

Aboriginal Service Branch, 2009, working with Aboriginal people and communities: a practical

Resource, NSW Department of community services

 

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE & SOCIETY- CALL FOR LAWFUL EQUALITY

Introduction

The aborigine community is an indigenous tribe of people in Australia. Most of them reside in New South Wales. According to Minus’ (2009) article, the aborigines are constantly discriminated and harassed by the New South Wales police. For the last 20 years, they have passed through mistreatment in the hands of police to an extent of rarely receive assistance from the police in seeking justice to atrocities subjected to them. Despite the Illawara Aboriginal community Based Working Group filling several claims of sexual assault and harassment the police turns deaf ears on them even when the culprits are identified. Through the Groups’ spokesperson Sharralyn Robinson, complaints have been launched to the police Minister Tony Kelly to urgently address the issues.

Consideration to take in solving the disputes

Interpersonal communication

The natives through their representatives must initiate talks with the minister for police in New South Wales to find potential causes of the excessive discrimination and harassment. Through the meeting planned with top politicians and the region’s police, the natives must find an avenue to address their predicaments in the hands of the police. The police and top politicians will be able to identify the reasons and the officers involved in the discriminatory act against the natives and address the way forward. This will be in finding a prospective principle of police in order to operate in away that is respectful of Aboriginal community way of life. Community awareness and sensitization on the rights of Aborigines must be presented at the meeting to eradicate the issue with social bias and stereotyping. Aboriginals use different accent and languages hence important to learn how they speak, use of signs and continuously consulting Aboriginal staff to get what they talking about.  In most cases there is lack of a coherent language and therefore necessary to seek help in trying to get the meaning of the message being passed. (Aboriginal Service Branch, 2009).

 

 

Replacement of Para-military police with community based police

The top political persons and police commanders must find ways of recruiting and employing Aboriginal community based police as opposed to Para-military police who are used to the culture of using force. Community based police will help in confronting the issue of violence against the local community. An urgent need to commit to serious role of Aboriginal –police liaison must be considered to accomplish the function of community in policing plans. A requirement should be some element of control by the Aborigine over such strategies and essential allocation of resources (Cunneen, 1990).

Negotiations and rights exercise

Illawara Aboriginal Community based Working group must be given power to launch complaints and fight for the rights and interests of the local people. The New South Wales government must exercise the constitutional rights of the natives by giving them an opportunity to voice their complaints. The law protection agencies like the courts must strictly use qualified experts to carry out investigations regarding workplace harassment of Aborigines. Those responsible in the violence and discrimination; whether the police or other races must be dealt with according to the constitution.

Cultural Events and festival sensitization

The local community might choose to pass out messages through cultural festivals and events supported by the community and New South Wales government. Through the events, songs, dances, performances and other cultural facets might be applied to pass out their message of a cry for help. These events can be organized at national level and regional level which might attract the attention of other lobby groups to come to their rescue. This can be used where negotiations and talks with the government officials has failed. With the support of individuals like liaison officer based at Warilla police Station, many other officers who might have the same opinions might come to the rescue of the Aborigines concerning their atrocities (Barbour, 2005).

 

 

References

Bruce Barbour, 2005, working with Local Aboriginal communities: Audit of the implementation

of the NSW police, NSW Ombudsman

Chris Cunneen, 1990, Problems in the implementation of Community policing strategies,

Institute of criminology, university of Sydney

Jodie Minus, 2009, Call for Lawful Equality, Illawara Mercury News

Aboriginal Service Branch, 2009, working with Aboriginal people and communities: a practical

Resource, NSW Department of community services

 

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