There’s no doubt all people have multiple forms of unconscious biases. Our brains are designed to develop and form them as we experience life. Some of those biases are useful, some are maladaptive. The question for those in the criminal justice profession today is: Are any of our biases, those of an illicit nature, negatively impacting our ability to deal with others fairly, equitably, and professionally?
Designed by Lt. Jim Glennon, a 30-year police veteran with a degree in Psychology, this course examines the reality of all biases and their influence on behavior especially when it comes to race, diversity, interaction skills and the use of force. Students will discuss how racial biases may cause officers to innately view certain people as dangerous without merit, which in turn can affect their subsequent decisions and behavior.
Finally, this course teaches students how to instruct the curriculum to fellow officers and encourage dialog about how bias impacts communication, stress and the decision to use force.
Course topics will include, but not be limited to the following: