Proposed Language for Personnel

Many of you have seen national news reports of community members calling the police because men of color are wearing protective face coverings in stores or on the streets.   These calls put police in a very difficult position and put you and your colleagues at risk of “racial profiling” claims. 

This 8-minute video discusses these calls in the context of the science of bias and provides guidance for your response.  It will reinforce some of the messages you received in previous training on human biases and help you negotiate these challenging situations.

Thank you for your continued heroic work in the face of this national crisis.

“Many of you have seen news reports of community members calling the police because men of color are wearing protective face coverings in stores or on the streets. These calls and the police responses to them are producing claims of “racial profiling.” Some men of color report they are now reticent to wear PPE in public despite the fact that people of color are disproportionately infected by Covid-19.

Our profession has led many others in recognizing how implicit associations can impact community members and our own officers. The 8-minute training video found on the left discusses these calls for service in the context of the science of bias, and provides guidance on the police response.

Developed as a service by Fair and Impartial Policing, LLC and narrated by retired Chief Noble Wray, this video is designed, not just for police departments that have implemented implicit-bias-awareness training (reinforcing that training), but also for those that have yet to provide such training to their personnel.

“Many of you have seen news reports of community members calling the police because men of color are wearing protective face coverings in stores or on the streets. These calls and the police responses to them are producing claims of “racial profiling.” Some men of color report they are now reticent to wear PPE in public despite the fact that people of color are disproportionately infected by Covid-19.

Our profession has led many others in recognizing how implicit associations can impact community members and our own officers. The 8-minute training video found above these calls for service in the context of the science of bias, and provides guidance on the police response.

Developed as a service by Fair and Impartial Policing, LLC and narrated by retired Chief Noble Wray, this video is designed, not just for police departments that have implemented implicit-bias-awareness training (reinforcing that training), but also for those that have yet to provide such training to their personnel.

Fair and Impartial Policing

Fair & Impartial Policing®, LLC is the #1 provider of implicit-bias-awareness training for law enforcement in North America. The state-of-the-art Fair & Impartial Policing® training program is about how the mind works. There is no finger-pointing or blame. Instead, we discuss how implicit biases can impact well-intentioned individuals outside their conscious awareness. A key strength of our program is our ability to reduce the defensiveness around this topic that many law enforcement officers may bring into the classroom.

In our implicit-bias-awareness curricula, we convey the science of bias and discuss the negative consequences of letting “hidden biases” impact perceptions and behavior and, most importantly, we teach police professionals the skills that they need to reduce and manage their biases. Those skills will not keep them from doing their important job of crime control; instead the skills will enhance their ability to engage in that important work more safely, justly and effectively. Those skills will also further an agency’s efforts to strengthen the relationship between the department and the diverse communities that it serves.

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Training/Programs

There are five curricula that reflect the science-based fair & impartial policing perspective.

Recruit and Patrol
Officer Training

First-Line Supervisor
Training

Mid-Management
Training

Command or
Command/Community
Trainings

Train-the-Trainer
Program

Upcoming Courses

Police – Patrol Officers

(8 hours, 30 attendees) The US Department of Justice funded the development of a curriculum for recruits and patrol officers that reflects the Fair & ...

Police – First-line Supervisors

(8 hours, 30 attendees) The US Department of Justice funded the development of a curriculum for first-line supervisors that reflects the Fair & Impartial Policing ...

Police – Mid-managers

(8 hours, 30 attendees) Identifying the appropriate mid-manager response to biased policing can be challenging. Not only is biased behavior very difficult to prove through ...

Police – Command (or Command and Community)

(1.5 days, 30 attendees) Agencies are recognizing that even the best officers might manifest bias and therefore even the best agencies must be proactive to ...

Police – Training of Trainers

(2.0 days, 30 attendees) The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) supported the development of two training programs based on the Fair & ...

Producing Bias-Free Policing – A Science-Based Approach

Lorie A. Fridell

This book introduces the science of implicit bias, discusses how implicit bias might manifest in policing and provides specific recommendations for police professionals to reduce the influence of implicit bias on police practice.

The author is donating her proceeds from this book to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (nleomf.org).

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Producing Bias-Free Policing