English translation: The Police Take Efforts towards Race and Gender Equality
The Citizens Feel that the Progress Is Too Slow
A Few Police Officers Feel Alienated from the New Immigrants
Different groups in the community are generally cautiously optimistic about the relationship between the police and the public. The public has seen the police's efforts to recruit minority and female police officers but still feels that progress towards race and gender equality is too slow. At the same time, everyone is also concerned about whether this will make white males feel alienated.
The public believes that senior police officers pay more attention to the opinions of community groups. But frontline police officers usually do not have the same idea. One member of the public said: "I feel that the administration of the police has done a lot of things. They have many ideas to improve the relationship between the police and the public. But once they reach the front line, nothing specific happens."
People wish to see the police’s efforts to improve its relationship with the public. For example, the effort to help the police officer have more contact with the communities. The communities should have more contact with the police.
Some citizens said that some police officers considered that deviating from mainstream social value norms was a problem. In particular, police officers have a sense of crisis when they come into contact with new immigrants. The public thinks that the police's actions are intimidating and that some members of the public are afraid to ask the police for help. A citizen said: "Most of the police officers look at a problem from the perspective of a white male. They tend to use this viewpoint to assess the situation. For example, they consider an incident as ‘black problem’, or ‘Chinese problem’, or ‘female problem’, or ‘The problem of homosexuality’. They separate the incidents that belong to the same issue and handle them rigidly.” While acknowledging that police officers are under a lot of pressure from work, the community members believe that there should be strict requirements for the police. For those wish to become police officers, some aptitude tests are needed to ensure that police officers do not hold discriminatory attitudes about gender and ethnic groups.
Police officers need to be responsible for their actions. They should be encouraged to note the words and behaviours of their colleagues. Many police officers saw that their peers had problematic behaviour but they did not report them to their superiors because they were under peer pressure. This was not the right thing to do.
The public also stated that the "equality training" for police officers should be prolonged and should be implemented during the initial training period. It cannot be limited to only one training unit. People believe that it should be obligatory for police officers to accept the "equality training" because some police officers do not feel that this is a notable problem.
Some people are also worried that minority police officers may not be welcomed by other police officers. "Some police officers do not feel that they need colleagues from ethnic minority groups and do not accept them."
The public believes that people of different ethnic groups will be treated differently when police officers bring charges against a suspect. "White males are generally released under certain conditions while black men may be sentenced to be held in custody for a while." "Every young person will eventually be found guilty in court. They all feel that they are being punished. When working, the police officers treat different groups differently."