Recognizing Implicit Bias and Racial Profiling

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REGISTRATION: All registrations for the below dates will go through the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. This is a 4 hour class with two presentations each day. Please use the following links to register.

Available class dates
07/14/2020 – 07/14/2020 
07/15/2020 – 07/15/2020 
07/16/2020 – 07/16/2020 
07/21/2020 – 07/21/2020 
07/23/2020 – 07/23/2020 
08/04/2020 – 08/04/2020 
08/06/2020 – 08/06/2020 
08/11/2020 – 08/11/2020 
08/14/2020 – 08/14/2020 
08/19/2020 – 08/19/2020 
LOCATION: Alameda County Sheriff’s Office – Regional Training Center, 6289 Madigan Road, Dublin CA 94568 [MAP]
 
DESCRIPTION: This course is presented in partnership with the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center under the POST Innovative Grant Program. This course satisfies the legislative mandate for Racial Profiling Update training required in Penal Code 13519.4. This 4-hour course uses facilitated discussions and student-centered learning activities that allow attendees to safely understand their own biases with a scientific approach. The curriculum design avoids an accusatory tone and focuses on objective facts revealed directly to each student by their own in-class discovery. Students learn in a safe environment with exercises that reveal deep personal preferences (biases) on things that are not at all controversial. It is an easier way to see things we prefer based on how we were socialized. Ultimately, students identify how racial profiling occurs. They discuss the legal background and how racial profiling affects all aspects of community and law enforcement. Students leave with the knowledge and skills learned to recognize their own implicit biases and how to mitigate them to eradicate racially-based policing practices.
 
INSTRUCTORS: All course instructors have attended the Racial Profiling Instructor Course as required by POST regulations.
 
PREREQUISITES: Students must be sworn peace officers in a POST Reimbursable agency.
 
PRESENTATION HOURS: Courses are offered in AM and PM Sessions. AM sessions are 0800-1200 and PM Sessions are 1300-1700. THIS IS THE AM SESSION.
 
CERTIFICATION: POST Course Control #1287-49000. Plan II – Subsistence, Commuter Lunch, Travel and Back-fill Salary.
 
STC: 03473554
 
RESERVATIONS: This course is limited to 30 students. Presentations hosted by ACSO are reserved for sworn peace officers.

Grant Funded & POST Plan-II (Backfill) Certified

Background

Research has shown us that we all have deep unseen biases that include racial bias. Consider the study conducted by the Urban Institute; researchers sent actors with similar financial credentials to the same real estate or rental offices to ask about buying or renting a home or apartment. In the end, no matter where they were sent, the actors of color were shown fewer homes and offered fewer discounts on rent or mortgages than those who were white.  The results even surprised some of the actors of color; they felt they had been treated politely, even warmly.

Law enforcement personnel, already predisposed to cynicism, are extremely susceptible to deep and even unknown biases.  One cannot expect a person to spend a career that is focused on looking for the bad in people to see the world with objective clarity.  Moreover, based on this job, it is human nature for law enforcement personnel to instantly judge others.  The officer safety aspect of quick judgements is a legitimate concern, but upon the backdrop of unrealized selective treatment as revealed in the racial/real estate study, it is hard to believe that law enforcement personnel would naturally treat people with complete equality.

According to TrustandJustice.org, research suggests that biased associations can be gradually unlearned and replaced with nonbiased ones. Perhaps even more encouragingly, one can reduce the influence of implicit bias simply by changing the context in which an interaction takes place. Mitigation strategies begin with sincere awareness of biases, and then require behavioral shifts to “unlearn” them.  Only through outcome-based training that secures the affective buy-in of law enforcement personnel can we hope to create equitable policing services.

Executive Summary

Recognizing Implicit Bias is made up of student-centered learning activities that allow attendees to safely understand their own biases with a scientific approach.  The curriculum design avoids an accusatory tone and focuses on objective facts revealed directly to each student by their own in-class discovery.  Students learn in a safe environment with exercises that reveal deep personal preferences (biases) on things that are not at all controversial.  It is a fun way to see things we like based on how we were socialized.  Ultimately, students personally decide how they will apply the knowledge and skills learned that teach them to recognize their own implicit biases and how to mitigate them. 

This is a highly interactive course and extremely well-reviewed.  These are just a few of the outstanding comments from a southern California probation department:

Best class I’ve ever taken with probation.  It was very interactive, fun, and there was never a dull moment.”

“Great speaker. Very engaging and open to questions.  Great insight.”

“Very insightful and very very enjoyable! Thank you sir.”

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify baseline benevolent affective dispositions needed to effectively combat implicit bias
  2. Identify at least three hidden biases held by most people
  3. Recognize personal biases
  4. Develop strategies to mitigate or eliminate biases
  5. Identify common slights and develop proactive strategies to respond to them effectively

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