Police officers serve in multiethnic, pluralistic and linguistically diverse communities. Omnipresent is the reality that their lives are at risk.

Police Academies prepare police for self-protection; train them in law enforcement and community surveillance. Then police are sent to communities that are often hostile to them.

The hostility is derived from the ‘experiences’ of minority communities that feel besieged by police; e.g., Stop and Frisk. Sons of minorities have had ‘the talk’ to protect them from the ‘pernicious’ police.

In such an atmosphere of mistrust and ranker, what can be done to pull back from the “tipping point” of violence, revenge or anarchy, which may be perceived or real? How can an environment of trust, reconciliation and respect be developed?

The training of police and community leaders in cultural competence to enhance community relations is a start.

For more than thirty years, Nichols and Associates, has successfully conducted Cultural Competence Workshops for Police Officers, Law Enforcement Officers and Judicial Authorities.

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