The Relationship Between Human Relations And Public Relations

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Human relations refers to everything we do with, for, and to each other as citizens and as human beings (Dempsey, 2014, pg. 330). An example is officers integrating ongoing training initiatives for departments to establish respect within communities, regardless of color, ethnicity, economic status or sexual orientation. Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds strong relationships between the public and organizations. The public relations approach reflects efforts to improve the public’s perception of the police, by informing the public why departments and officers do what they do and enhancing their public image as first responders and community helpers. Community relations really ties both human relations and public relations together. “Communities rely on police departments to "protect and serve" and the police, in turn, rely on community support and cooperation, but the relationship is not always harmonious” (RAND, 2017). They could be either negative or positive, depending on the type of interaction. An example of this is by taking active interests in the community problems, participating in local government, or simply going to youth activities such as middle/high school events. Involvement in community programs and neighborhood projects can bring the citizens together with police by creating a purpose to build unity and show a more personable side of the police.

2. Discuss the rapid increase in the minority population and the challenges it presents for law enforcement in communities that have not previously faced this issue. In your answer, explain why multicultural understanding is critical. Use at least one outside source to support your answer. (10 points)

“America has always been known as a “melting pot”, especially with all the minority population that embodies society” (Fire Science Online, 2017). But today law enforcement is faced with many challenges with certain racial and ethnic compositions. Ethical and racial minorities regarded 90% of the population growth in the United States from 2000-2010, and the United States is very rapidly becoming even more diverse (Dempsey, 2014, p. 334). These conflicting accounts arise, in part, because of differing
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