Barriers to Effective Communication

1727 Words Oct 25th, 2011 7 Pages
Barriers to Effective Communication
Kevin Borem
CJA/304
November 2, 2011
Fred Staedel
Barriers to Effective Communication
Communication is a way of life for sociable organisms on earth. There are many forms of communication and several are used without saying a word or making a sound. With the types of communication in the world, communicating effectively may seem an unlikely idea. Effective communication between two individuals or more is dependable on the way the message from the sender has encoded the information. Effective communication insists that information sent should be received and retransmitted back to the sender without any loss in translation. To understand communication, it must first be broken down so that each
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This is a disadvantage because, somewhere along the line communication may be broken and the original message lost. Another disadvantage is that “formal routes usually require a written record, which may further restrict the flow of information because many people hesitate to put their thoughts or ideas in writing” (Wallace & Roberson, 2009, p. 18). A third disadvantage that Wallace and Roberson stated would be the inability of this form of communication to respond rapidly to changing situations. With these disadvantages one may think that formal communication should be abolished, but the formal communication channel provides unity, uniformity, and order within the police organizations (Wallace & Roberson, 2009).
The second type of communication channel is the informal channel. The informal channel of communication is a non-sanctioned form of communication within a criminal justice organization. Wallace and Roberson states that informal communication may be considered department gossip, information from unaccredited sources, or news heard through the grapevine. The informal channel is used to pass information quickly if time is a factor within a specific situation. Although there is two channels of communication, both channels are needed so that cases, problems, or simple communicating may continue (Wallace & Roberson, 2009).
With the two channels of communication, there is also certain directions information is passed. Upward, downward,