Managing Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement

Bias Training

ADL Training on Managing Implicit Bias

ADL is one of law enforcement’s most trusted partners and the leading nongovernmental organization providing training and resources to American law enforcement. We have enormous experience in training at every level from executives and supervisors, to veteran officers and recruits.

ADL’s Training on Managing Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement training is designed to reduce the influence of bias in interactions and decision-making, contribute to improved police-community relations and increase officer safety. The program blends neuroscience and group scenario-based practice structured around a series of strategies and tools designed to help participants become more aware of and adept at managing the impact of bias.

The program is:

  • Led by professional, knowledgeable trainers skilled at creating open dialogue about complex topics.
  • Interactive and engaging, using training methodology based on adult-learning principles.
  • Onsite and customizable to meet your agency’s needs and goals.

ADL’s Managing Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement training will enable law enforcement professionals to:

  • Understand key implicit bias concepts and recognize their relevance to contemporary policing practices.
  • Learn skills and strategies to minimize and address job-related challenges involving implicit bias.
  • Utilize effective interpersonal approaches to foster positive interactions with community members.

Law Enforcement Officials Share Their Experiences:

...the workshop was a huge success in our agency. The trainers were wonderful, knowledgeable, relatable people who made the day move by
in a very healthy and informative way. I think it was a positive and uplifting day for our staff.

The workshop content and dialogue were excellent. It opened my eyes up to my views and overall interaction with people.

It got me thinking about things I do, things I don’t do and things I could
do better…it got me thinking.

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

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