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Vermont Police Academy

317 Academy Road

Pittsford, VT 05763

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“The “fair & 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 in policing. In fact, the science tells that even well-intentioned humans (and thus, officers) manifest biases that can impact on their perceptions and behavior. These biases can manifest below consciousness. Social psychologists have shown that “implicit” or “unconscious” bias can impact what people perceive and do, even in people who consciously hold non-prejudiced attitudes. Implicit bias might lead the line officer to automatically perceive crime in the making when she observes two young Hispanic males driving in an all-Caucasian neighborhood or lead an officer to be “under-vigilant” with a female subject because he associates crime and violence with males. It may manifest among agency command staff who decide (without crime-relevant evidence) that the forthcoming gathering of African-American college students bodes trouble, whereas the forthcoming gathering of white undergraduates does not.” (fairimpartialpolicing.com) This is an interactive training that includes frank discussions about a variety of issues including race, gender, poverty and more. (Source: Fair and Impartial Policing. http://www.fairimpartialpolicing.com/. Web. 3 March 2017.)

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