The people are the police: Building trust with Aboriginal communities in contemporary Canadian society Robert Chrismas

Canadian Public Administration vol. 55, no. 3 (September) p. 451–70.

Full article is here: 2012 Canadian Public Administration, The people are the police

Abstract:

Policing is an important element in the spectrum of services that impact living conditions, quality of life and social justice for Aboriginal communities. The ultimate policing goal should be to contribute to the realization of societies with safe living conditions and equal access to opportunities, health and happiness. In Canada, Aboriginal peoples were marginalized by colonization, becoming victims of social injustice whose significant effects on communities are felt to this day. This article explores how trust can be regained through improved communication, community engagement and empowerment. Trust building is critical for police and communities to move forward together. Truth telling, transparency and restorative justice may allow police agencies to align with the values of Aboriginal communities, support citizen empowerment, and better carry out the public will.

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