Course detail: Policing in Black & White: Implicit Bias and Racial Profiling

Course Description: 

Bias-based policing occurs when an officer makes decisions or takes action based upon his or her own personal or societal biases or stereotypes, rather than relying on facts and observed behaviors. This program discusses in-depth understanding of bias and how to combat it and racial profiling. 

Core Competency: 
  • Participants will exhibit fairness in policing while giving people a voice and performing law enforcement duties with impartiality and the necessary level of transparency to sustain and strengthen public trust. 
  • Participants will be able to decide upon prescribed courses of action or techniques that will provide a greater level of safety in a variety of environments, events and situations.
  • Participants will also act in ways that support the needs of the community and profession, while carrying out the responsibilities of an officer and a member of their respective community.  
Course Objectives: 
  • Understand and effectively communicate the science of implicit bias and its impact on what we perceive, see and what we do. 
  • Address the concept of racial profiling and the implication bias plays in this practice.  
  • Understand and effectively communicate how fair and impartial policing leads to effective policing. 
  • Provide tools to assist participants with recognizing their conscious and implicit biases, and how to implement unbiased behavioral responses. 
Instructional Methods: 
  • Lecture 
  • Group discussion 
  • Practical exercises 
Who Should Attend: 
  • All public safety personnel 
Course Requirements: 
  • 100% attendance and participation

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