Relationship Between Latino Culture And Law Enforcement

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Law Enforcement Contact with Latino/Hispanic Americans In chapter seven of our Multicultural Law Enforcement textbook, it states that the terms Latino/Hispanic are used interchangeably. It also states that the Latino/Hispanic culture sense of pride is so powerful that they act as one therefore they speak as one; and the relationship between law enforcement and Latino/Hispanic peoples is dire one. There is also a need for law enforcement officers to educate themselves about the Latino/Hispanic culture and build a good rapport with them. The Hispanic/Latino Ethnic group is rapidly becoming the biggest cultural group in the United States. The reasons for the growth comes from a few explanation…show more content…
It is good to note that in regards to the term Hispanic is just a term coined by the U.S. Census Bureau to identify people of a culture and has no actual geographic location. However the term Hispanic must be used in a reasonable manner with Latino/Hispanic American community due to the fact of self–designation. The same goes for the term Latino Cuban, Puerto Rico and etc Americans do not like to be addressed as Latino. In other words there is no country named Hispania with this being said, it’s important for any Officers of Law Enforcement to be viewed sensitive and competent when it regarding the Hispanic/Latino community and ask what they would like to be identified as before they can interact with one another. Furthermore, the terms Latino/Hispanic are so broad it does not fully encompass the diversity within the many subcultures generations, education, and socioeconomic status. There is a heavy concentration of Latino/Hispanic Americans in Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, New York, and…show more content…
Latino/Hispanic households are bound together by loyalty and unity. Interactions between elders and authority are conducted with the upmost respect. Gender roles are clearly defined within the Latino/Hispanic households, with the fathers as decision makers and head of the households, mothers as sensitive homemakers, and finally the children are taught at an early age to be respectful and two different codes; machismo and marianismo. The boys are taught to be machismo and being responsible for providing and guarding their homes having power over females. The girls are taught marianismo and being spiritually superior over the men and to be able to tolerate all suffering inflicted by men. They are also taught to be self-sacrificing and how to care for their children as well as their

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