|CSP aims to have 100% of its members trained |
in Fair and Impartial Policing.
“We know that even the best law enforcement employees may have unconscious biases,” Chief Hernandez said. “By training all members of the agency, we have an opportunity to address tough topics facing the law enforcement profession and the communities we serve. I am fully committed to the curriculum and am excited that we have developed a comprehensive program to ensure fair and impartial policing standards throughout the Patrol.”
In July 2016, line-level State Patrol members began receiving Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) training. The new training expands beyond existing training that CSP members already complete in “verbal judo,” de-escalation tactics and general best practices for fair and just policing. Over the course of six hours, the training:
- Acknowledges that all humans have unconscious (implicit) biases;
- Demonstrates how beliefs that we’re not even aware of can affect our reactions – or our failure to react;
- And provides skills and tactics to reduce the impact of bias on how we act, thus resulting in fair, impartial and effective policing.
The rollout of Fair and Impartial Policing in the Patrol began in March 2016, when 25 CSP members completed a multi-day train-the-trainer course. CSP command staff and captains, along with their civilian counterparts, completed a training course for leadership that included additional training on how to identify and intervene effectively when bias may be affecting a subordinate’s behavior.
Now, the State Patrol is in the process of ensuring every single member has completed Fair and Impartial Policing training. The goal is to have all 1000+ CSP members complete the appropriate level of training by mid-2017.
“This training, although relatively new to me personally, has given me better awareness of looking for behaviors versus traits when I am patrolling out on the roads. Having studied and taught the class, I have a more careful thought process into how I might react to a situation involving force,” Scovel said.
|Members of the Colorado State Patrol at a |
Fair and Impartial Policing training.
“I know that anyone can benefit from this training both in a professional capacity and in their personal interactions,” Scovel concluded. “We are all better off evaluating each situation individually and each individual by their own merit.”
Basic tenets of Fair and Impartial Policing:
- All people, even well-intentioned people, have unconscious or implicit biases.
- Having biases is normal to human functioning.
- Biases are often unconscious, thus influencing choices and actions without thinking or decision making.
- Policing based on biases or stereotypes is unsafe, ineffective and unjust.
- Officers can learn skills to reduce and manage their own biases.
- Supervisors can learn skills to identify biased behavior in their direct reports and take corrective actions when they detect biased policing.
- Law enforcement executives and command-level staff can implement a comprehensive agency program to produce fair and impartial policing.