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Diversity Reflection

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Coming into this Diversity class specifically, my initial thought was that, I already knew that police officers are now dealing with more and more diversity issues on a daily bases than ever before. During our classes, I learned a few important points that will help me become a more diverse police officer. One of the first subjects we learned in this class was the idea of certain powers and privileges that exist. We learned how being a police officer means having control over your own life and the lives of others. Powers we contain should be used for reaping of the good and not be to abused. From the privilege perspective of agents I knew it still existed but not to the extent that I have learned. Another point we learned in class are the different types of discrimination. There is more to just Racism and Sexism. There are discriminations made against people of different sexual orientation, people of young and old age. All these different types of discriminations bring new obstacles into play for police officers when fulfilling their duties. All the information I received about gays and lesbians, I got from the media. Because of the media, I can say that I’m Homophobic, to some degree. I have accepted the gay community as a part of society and I do not even feel uncomfortable around them, but I’m still not at the level of supporting their beliefs and their rights. Even though, I’m not at level of supporting gays and lesbian rights, I still feel I will be able to fulfill my duties as a police officer, when in contact with gays and lesbians. I do not have a negative opinion about them I just do not have the same beliefs. Also the presentation by the lesbian was really informative of how the gay community is lived and their views on life. I believe that the obvious area of content that we learned in class that I need to learn more about is the gay, lesbian and bisexual community. Even though I do not have a negative opinion about the gay community, and I do not...

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