Siinviidatud artikkel pakub huvitava vaate turvalisuse aspektist nii olulisele politsei ja avalikkuse suhetele. Õppimise-mõtlemise kohti on siin kuhjaga.

The relationship between police and the public is often intergroup in nature (Giles and Maass, 2016; Keblusek et al., 2017) [1]. Intergroup communication occurs when an interaction between two or more people is based primarily on their social group membership rather than on their individual personalities (Hill and Giles, 2018, In press). For example, when a police officer stops a vehicle for a traffic infraction, the interaction is typically formal and based primarily on the group roles the two people occupy in that moment – one is a police officer and the other is a member of the public who has violated traffic regulations. The two people involved in this transaction have different social identities that may have a powerful influence on how they behave toward the other (Lowrey-Kinberg, In press).

Sotsiaalpsühholoogia tuleb appi:

One of the foundations of intergroup communication is a social psychological theory called intergroup contact theory, which suggests that intergroup contact, when it occurs under certain conditions, can reduce prejudice between groups. […] That said, four key conditions have to be met for the contact to be successful: the groups have to be perceived as of equal status, cooperative, sharing common goals and supported by their own agencies or institutions (Allport, 1954).

Shawn Hill and Howard Giles collaborated to create an intervention called “VOICES” based on principles from intergroup communication. The intervention involves bringing police and specific community groups together to engage in dialogue intended to reveal the humanity and commonalities of all participants.

VOICES sai autorite väitel alguse siit raportist, millega politseihuvilised on ilmselt tuttavad.

Hill, S., Giles, H., & Maguire, E. R. (2021). VOICES: a theory-driven intervention for improving relationships between police and the public. Policing: An International Journal.