August 28, 2011
Effective communication is identified by several key aspects of the communication process. Moreover, the process of communication and its components consists of several key elements and embodies formal and informal channels, which are common within criminal justice organizations. Furthermore, certain barriers prevent clear and concessive communication between individuals. Accordingly, effective communication could be identified as an extensive process and not a secluded event. The key components of communication encompass three key elements. According to Wallace and Roberson (2009) these elements incorporate (1) a process or isolated event, (2) involvement of at least two persons, (3) and the exchange of information. Moreover, English literary critic I.A. Richards states the following about communication: Communication takes place when one mind so acts upon its environment that another mind is influenced, and in the other mind an experience occurs which is like the experience of the first mind and is caused in part by the first mind. (Wallace & Roberson, 2009, p. 15). Simply, an individual creates some type of communication when another individual is inclined, at least to some degree, by the information exchange initiated by the first individual. Appropriately, Richards’s statement is effective because it embodies three necessary elements of communication. These elements are impacted by numerous variables, which influence the effectiveness of the communication process. Wallace and Roberson (2009) stated, “Channels and directions of communication deal with the flow of movement of information from the sender to the recipient” (p. 18). Moreover, at the organizational level, communication is commonly referred to as formal or informal. For instance, a formal means of communication within a law enforcement agency would follow the...