Be Well: Implicit Bias Training For Police

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A report by the  U.S. Department of Justice report back in December said that Cleveland police officers show a pattern and practice of using unnecessary and excessive force, including deadly force. In the wake of this report, Governor John Kasich and Attorney General Mike Dewine appointed task forces to examine the problem.  Both groups issued a slew of recommendations last month, and one shared proposal was the implementation of "implicit bias" training for police. 

Criminology Professor Lorie Fridell of the University of South Florida has developed a training program for law enforcement based on the science of implicit bias. She spoke with ideastream's Anne Glausser and that interview is posted here.

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Fridell says it's important to note that abusive policing is an overlapping but separate issue from implicit bias.

To get a sense of how implicit bias works, Harvard researchers have an online program where you can test yourself. 

For more discussion on implicit bias, check out the Sound of Ideas show on this topic.


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