Race Relations Council Recommendations
The Council has identified several topics to be discussed. These
include gangs, intergenerational differences, domestic violence,
racism and racial profiling, different traditions of policing,
language barriers, and cultural differences.
Recommendations made by the group over the past year include:
- a community video that explains and presents the different
cultural perspectives and homeland experiences with police
- produced Bilingual Television Call-In Shows that highlight
different minority communities and specific issues of concern
for each community group in Khmer and English
- increased outreach in the minority community for participation
in the LPD's Citizen's Police Academy and Student Police Academy
- invited officers to participate in community meetings, church
services, and ethnic gatherings
- increased involvement of representatives from each
racial/ethnic group in the Race Relations Council
- reviewing and examining Lowell Police Department training
A critical component of this initiative is the evaluation
activities being conducted by Jack Green and Jack McDevitt of
Northeastern University. Jack McDevitt's research on racial
profiling and race relations strengthens the work and provides
additional informations for the application of this best practice.
The Race Relations Council has already been identified as a model
for replication, and recommendations have already begun to take
form, including a draft curriculum and resource guide.
Click here to learn more about the
current activities and initiatives of the Race Relations Council.