“Implicit bias” training is spreading to departments around the country. This article looks at what is currently being offered, social-science studies which examine implicit bias, and what should be included during and after trainings are offered.
The hope is an effective training course will positively influence officer behavior on the street and reduce the side-effect harms of implicit bias.
In the 45 years I have been writing about or investigating law enforcement, I have seen little progress in changing white cops’ attitudes about race, despite great efforts by upper management. It probably would be more effective to weed out biased candidates before they are hired, but I’ve seen many examples in which psychologists raised red flags about a candidate’s racial bias and authoritarian tendencies only to be ignored.