Managing Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement

The unique role of law enforcement officials in any community makes cross-cultural understanding imperative. In addition to the need to ensure officer-to-officer sensitivity, to accurately represent its constituents, law enforcement officials need understanding, respect, and a willingness to communicate with all segments of the population. If members of the community feel that their own concerns are not understood, their confidence in law enforcement personnel to meet these needs may be severely diminished. Unfortunately, this can adversely impact cooperation for reporting crimes and providing information vital to solving crimes.

To assist law enforcement professionals in meeting these challenges, ADL has created a specialized training program. Designed by human relations specialists with extensive training experience, the program helps civilian and law enforcement personnel to:

  • Critically examine stereotypes and cultural assumptions that are often held by the community and by the law enforcement professionals who serve the community.
  • Examine ways participants perceive others, how others perceive them and how this impacts officer effectiveness and, ultimately, officer safety
  • Observe and experience cultural differences, to increase awareness of attitudes and behaviors, and to appreciate the commonalities that exist across diverse cultures
  • Discuss the negative effects of prejudice and discrimination and thereby become empowered to confront these divisive issues
  • Examine how diversity skills directly affect law enforcement work, including its relationship to hate crime investigations
  • Create a situation that will reinforce the concept of team building
  • Turn knowledge into usable skills for serving a diverse community

ADL professionals have delivered implicit bias workshops for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, the Houston Police Department and many other local police departments across the United States.

Please contact us to request ADL training or to learn more about our programs for local, state, and federal law enforcement.