Community variance and the police worksheet


Instructions: Answer each of the following questions and defend your answers with research. Be sure to cite in-text and list references at the end. Note: There is a word-count for each question.

Be sure to cite three to five relevant scholarly sources in support of your content. Use only sources found at government websites or those provided in Topic Materials.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

1. Most individuals hold memberships within, or have loyalties to, several external communities at the same time.

How might this complicate the ability of the police to forge and maintain good working relationships with individual citizens? (200-250 words)

2. Today’s “identity politics” refers to people segmenting themselves into specific social groups (based on religion, race, gender, etc.), and then promoting only a specific set of political viewpoints or goals that would best serve that particular group. Some argue that an ideology promoting this type of division is self-serving at best, and profoundly destructive to community cohesion and safety at worst. Others see no problem with this segmenting of society.

Does the issue of “identity politics” further complicate the task of police trying to find common ground with community members, and trying to convince them that they are “on their side”? (300-350 words)

3. Given the intense division among racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic lines in some communities today, how can police help to ease these divisions and encourage communities to be united in creating a safe environment for all? (350-450 words)


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