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Your Call: What role does implicit bias play in policing?


What role does implicit bias play in policing? On the January 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our series on police, community, race, and justice by discussing how unconscious racial bias affects police and community relations. Even those of us who believe in equality and fairness show significant patterns of bias. How are police departments dealing with this? Can officers be trained to recognize their biases and alter their behavior? What’s the most effective way to combat implicit bias? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Kimberly Papillon, attorney, faculty member of the National Judicial College since 2005

Marion Jackson, board member with Officers for Justice, 36-year veteran of the  SFPD

Jim Dudley, lecturer in criminal justice studies at SF State, 32-year veteran and Deputy Chief of SFPD

Web resources:

NY Times: Many Errors by Cleveland Police, Then a Fatal One

Huffington Post: Ferguson, Racism and Pro-Law Enforcement Bias

CNN: Could You Be Racially Biased Without Knowing It?

Scientific American: Personal Biases May be Stocking the Flames in Ferguson

Harvard University: Take an Implicit Bias Test

Boston Globe: The Bias Fighters