Unlike other implicit bias training, this module provides a different perspective. The executive state is the capacity to engage in complex problem-solving. The module bridges the gap between the research of cognitive psychologists on how the brain works and research by social psychologists on bias in policing. It provides an opportunity to understand the normal cognitive, motivational, and socio-cultural processes that promote intergroup biases and how our brains respond instinctively or consciously and deliberately in the moment. Individuals and institutions reinforce each other’s tendencies, making discriminatory behaviors powerful and resistant to change.
A new perspective and better understanding of how humans work and its relevance to policing will allow law enforcement professionals to better protect our rights and freedoms outlined in the constitution, to maintain public order through policies and practices that are humane, disciplined and equitable.
Participants will learn:
- The psychological aspects of implicit bias
- The situational and environmental factors police face and their role in use of force
- Basic human rights principles on use of force
- Two factors intended to mitigate the use of force and protect human rights
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.