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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
What is bias? How do we recognize it? And what do we do about it? A new Managing Bias (MB) course soon to be offered by the COPS Office and CNA aims to answer these complicated questions in small classes of diverse voices. Classes will be offered online and in person, and participating agencies are encouraged to include all ranks and all roles in the training, including nonsworn employees.
The MB training course is rooted in the following basic premises:
The MB training course facilitates discussion among law enforcement professionals to help them understand key concepts regarding bias (including implicit bias) and recognize those concepts’ relevance to contemporary policing practices. Through interactive and engaging activities, participants learn and practice crucial skills and strategies designed to minimize bias and address its challenges on the job. The course is led by seasoned, professional facilitators who encourage participation and reflection, and it can be tailored to meet each participating agency’s needs.
The MB course is based in social scientific understanding about bias and includes the latest research. CNA is working with Dr. Calvin Lai and Dr. Katie Lewis from Washington University in St. Louis, experts in bias, to evaluate the training’s efficacy and measure its impact on officers. Your participation will contribute to our broader understanding of both bias and what works to address it in police training.
CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation applies research, analysis, and technical assistance to solve complex problems in the public and government sectors. Through methodologically sound scientific research grounded in field operations analysis and assistance—and through close connections with justice agency management and operations—CNA helps local, state, and federal organizations achieve practical results that save lives, promote justice, and improve trust and accountability in justice system operations. Visit the website to learn more about the Center for Justice Research and Innovation.
Laura L. Kunard, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow Center for Justice Research and Innovation
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