Police Get Update On Dealing With Religious Beliefs

May 8, 2009

Author: Beck Vass

Source: The New Zealand Herald


Police have been issued updated guidelines on how to handle different religious beliefs..

The booklet, A Practical Reference to Religious Diversity, provides the background and advice on how to best handle the cultural and religious sensitivities of Maori, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Sikh beliefs.

Police strategic ethnic adviser Kefeng Chu said the booklet was designed to assist police performing their duties and to give them a greater understanding of the cultures they dealt with.

"It's about raising awareness and being more sensitive to the cultures and religious beliefs," he said.

"New Zealand is becoming more and more diverse and the policing must reflect the diverse communities we are serving."