As adults in this country, we work side by side with people from all walks of life and
backgrounds. When we are in the criminal justice system profession, we encounter
eighteen-year-old men and women up to Vietnam veterans. This profoundly impacts
how our interactions are with one another and the verbal and non-verbal components
that make up our communication skills. With the different life experiences, we each
possess, communication can be cumbersome with one another or exceptionally freeflowing and robust.
Imagine being a Law Enforcement Officer or a Correctional Officer as a millennial, and
you are working with a baby boomer.
- Discuss the differences and similarities between baby boomers and millennials.
What differences would you foresee between the two of you while working
together? What similarities would there be?
- Analyze working as a Police Officer or Correctional Officer with a baby boomer.
Discuss what communication barriers could exist between them. If there were to
be a communication barrier between the two of you, how would you overcome it?
- What should leaders in those respective professions do to ensure that issues
between different generations of Officers remain relatively low and not an “us
versus them” mentality?