Fair and Impartial Policing and Field Interviews
The “fair and impartial policing perspective” reflects a new way of thinking about the issue of biased policing. It is based on the science of bias, which tells us that biased policing is not, as some contend, due to widespread racism (and other prejudices) in policing. In fact, the science tells that even well-intentioned humans (and thus, officers) manifest biases that can impact their perceptions and behavior.
This training helps the officer to:
- Understand that even well-intentioned people have biases;
- Understand how implicit biases impact on what we perceive/see and can (unless prevented) impact on what we do;
- Understand that fair and impartial policing leads to effective policing; and,
- Use tools that help him/her
- recognize his/her conscious and implicit biases, and
- implement “controlled” (unbiased) behavioral responses.
Field interviews serve several police purposes. The stopping and questioning of suspicious persons, especially those known to the police, has crime deterrent value. By virtue of the stop, such persons are made aware of the police presence and interest in them. Field interviews also show the community that the police are actively in pursuit of law and order. However, field stops must be conducted in a manner that protects citizens’ rights and creates a positive police image. Field stops are also an excellent source of intelligence.
Each time this seminar is offered, details such as dates, time, location, registration fees, continuing education units (CEUs) offered and relevant instructor information will be available on the registration form found in the calendar.