Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:53

SUNY Police the First State-Wide University System to Adopt the Fair & Impartial Policing Model

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There are approximately 600 State University of New York (SUNY) Police Officers at 29 campuses across New York State.The campuses have full service police departments serving the largest Public University System in the country. SUNY and its police departments strive for excellence, thus it is appropriate to adopt this state-of-the-art training that addresses issues of bias. Numerous police agencies across the country are rapidly adopting this model. This training will be offered to police trainers at all of the campuses across the state January 12-14th, in Syracuse N.Y. The plan is for these trainers to bring this training to all of the SUNY Police state-wide.

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 and this training addresses this.

The implication of the science is that even the best law enforcement officers may manifest bias because they are human, and even the best agencies, because they hire humans, must be proactive in producing fair &impartial policing. This program addresses biased policing and the overwhelming number of well-intentioned police in this country who aspire to fair & impartial policing, but who are human like the rest of us. Elements of this comprehensive program encompass (a) recruitment/hiring; (b) agency policy; (c) training; (d) leadership supervision and accountability; (e) assessing institutional practices and policies; (f) outreach to diverse communities; and (g) measurement. This type of training has been recommended by the President’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing.

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