There are five existing curriculum that reflect the science-based fair & impartial policing perspective.  These include recruit/patrol, first-line supervisor, and command-level (or command/community) trainings. Due to popular demand, there is (as of July 2013) a new curriculum designed for mid-level management (e.g., Captains). There is also a train-the-trainer curriculum in which trainers are trained to implement the recruit/patrol and supervisor versions in their own agencies/academies.


Recruit and Patrol Officer Training

The US Department of Justice funded the development of a curriculum for recruits and patrol officers that reflects the Fair & Impartial Policing perspective.   

The 6-hour training helps the recruit and patrol officer to:

  • Understand that even well-intentioned people have biases;
  • Understand how implicit biases impact on what we perceive/see and can (unless prevented) impact on what we do;
  • Understand that fair & impartial policing leads to effective policing; and,
  • Use tools that help him/her (1) recognize his/her conscious and implicit biases, and (2) implement “controlled” (unbiased) behavioral responses.

Training Information

  • Class accommodates up to 30.
  • Cost is $3700 plus travel expenses for two trainers.  Agency/academy provides room with U-shaped seating and projector, and Xeroxes the participants’ manuals.
  • Canadian clients, please see the OVERVIEW downloadable flyer for information on prices

First-Line Supervisor Training

The US Department of Justice funded the development of a curriculum for first-line supervisors that reflects the Fair & Impartial Policing perspective. Identifying the appropriate supervisory response to biased policing can be challenging.  Not only is biased behavior very difficult to prove through the traditional complaint review system but, for the officers whose biased behavior is not intentional or malicious, “disciplinary” action would be inappropriate. Since, in many instances, there will only be “indications” and not “proof,” it will be important to convey when and how supervisors can intervene to stop what appears to be inappropriate conduct while keeping in mind the ambiguous nature of the evidence as well as the sensitive nature of the issue.      

First-line supervisors who have participated in the training report that they now have a new perspective for thinking about how bias (not just racial bias) might manifest in policing.  The comments indicate that they emerge believing (some expressing surprise) that biased behavior can be unintentional and can manifest even in well-intentioned subordinates.  Overwhelmingly, the participants report that they will be able to apply the information and skills from the training into their daily job as a supervisor. They report acquiring new tools for identifying when bias might be manifesting in their supervisees and new tools for intervening when they have concerns about subordinate behavior. 

This curriculum instructs trainees in how to supervise to promote fair & impartial policing.  The 4.5-hour training:

  • helps supervisors identify subordinates who may be acting in a biased manner–including those well-meaning officers whose biased behavior may not be consciously produced;
  • provides guidance to supervisors on how they should respond to officers who exhibit biased policing behaviors;
  • challenges supervisors to think about how bias might manifest in their own behavior; and
  • provides guidance on how to speak about bias to individuals (e.g., officers, individual community members) and groups/media. 

OVERVIEW Training Information

  • Class accommodates up to 30.
  • Cost is $3700 plus travel expenses for two trainers.  Agency/academy provides room with U-shaped seating and projector, and Xeroxes the participants’ manuals.  
  • Canadian clients, please see the OVERVIEW downloadable flyer for information on prices

Mid-Management Training

Identifying the appropriate mid-manager response to biased policing can be challenging. Not only is biased behavior very difficult to prove through the traditional complaint review system but, for the agency personnel whose biased behavior is not intentional or malicious, "disciplinary" action would be inappropriate. Since, in many instances, there will only be "indications" and not "proof," it will be important to convey when and how mid-managers can intervene to stop what appears to be inappropriate conduct while keeping in mind the ambiguous nature of the evidence as well as the sensitive nature of the issue.

This curriculum is targeted toward individuals who are above the rank of first-line supervisor (e.g., sergeant) and below what might be considered “command staff” in an agency (e.g., Captains).  The 6-hour training combines elements from the command-level and first-line supervisor curricula; it:

  • introduces the trainees to the science of bias, including the science underlying mechanisms for reducing/managing biases;

  • helps mid-managers identify and intervene with subordinates who may be acting in a biased manner;
  • challenges mid-level managers to think about how bias might manifest in their own behavior;
  • provides guidance on how to speak about bias to individuals (e.g., sergeants, officers, individual community members) and groups/media; and
  • Introduces the attendees to the elements of a comprehensive agency program to produce fair & impartial policing.

Training Information

  • Class accommodates up to 30.
  • Cost is $2500 plus travel expenses for one trainer. Agency/academy provides room with U-shaped seating and projector, and Xeroxes the participants' manuals.
  • Canadian clients, please see the OVERVIEW downloadable flyer for information on prices

Command or Command/Community Trainings

Agencies are recognizing that even the best officers might manifest bias and therefore even the best agencies must be proactive to achieve fair & impartial policing. This training presents what is known about human biases and provides guidance for promoting fair & impartial policing in the areas of policy, training, supervision/accountability, leadership, recruitment/hiring, outreach to diverse communities, and measurement.

Topics Covered

  • Rethinking racially biased policing
  • The social science of human bias and its implications for policing
  • The benefits and elements of a comprehensive program to facilitate fair & impartial policing
  • Meaningful policy
  • Supervision and accountability
  • Recruitment/hiring
  • Education/training
  • Assessing institutional policies and practices
  • Measurement
  • Responding to disparity charges
  • Data Collection:  The issues, the facts
  • Outreach to diverse communities
  • How to implement a comprehensive program.  

OVERVIEW This training can be provided in your jurisdiction.

  • Class accommodates up to 30
  • To maximize impact, instructor requires (1) participants from at least two agencies (because of the value of cross-agency sharing) and/or (2) the inclusion of community stakeholders.
  • Cost is $5500 plus travel expenses for the instructor. Cost includes resource binders for participants.
  • Canadian clients, please see the OVERVIEW downloadable flyer for information on prices

Train-the-Trainer Program

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) supported the development of two training programs based on the Fair & Impartial Policing perspective—one for recruits/patrol officers and one for first-line supervisors.  The project is directed by Dr. Lorie Fridell of the University of South Florida and Anna Laszlo of Circle Solutions, Inc. The Fair & Impartial Policing TOT Program allows teams of trainers, from academies and other law enforcement training organizations, to learn to implement both the recruit/patrol officers’ and first-line supervisors’ curricula.  This 2.5 day TOT “walks” trainers through every aspect of the Fair & Impartial Policing Training Program and provides opportunities to “practice” teaching the modules of both curricula. Participants will receive both the recruit/patrol officers’ and the first-line supervisors’ curricula, including comprehensive lesson plans, trainers’ guide, and Power Point presentations to implement these two training programs.

Training-of-Trainers (TOT) Program

At the conclusion of the TOT, trainers will be able to:

  • Understand and effectively communicate the science of implicit bias and the fact that it cans impact on what we perceive/see and can (unless prevented) impact on what we do;
  • Understand and effectively communicate that fair & impartial policing leads to effective policing; and
  • Use the Fair & Impartial Policing Training curricula to teach academy recruits/patrol officers and first-line supervisors to (1) recognize their conscious and implicit biases; (2) implement “controlled” (unbiased) behavioral responses; and (3) promote fair & impartial policing in their daily work. 

Training Information

  • Class accommodates up to 25
  • Cost is $16,500 plus travel expenses for three trainers (estimated at between $3k and $5k, depending on location).
  • Canadian clients, please see the OVERVIEW downloadable flyer for information on prices