ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Police have completed training in “implicit bias.” The department says that the recent events in the area have prompted them to learn more on the topic.
For over 70 days protesters have marched in Ferguson and parts of St. Louis. They are demanding justice for 18-year-old Michael Brown. The unarmed African-American teen was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.
This is the press release sent to St. Louis media:
“Today, the senior command staff of the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis participated in a training course which focused on recognizing and addressing implicit bias and its effect on the community.
Implicit bias training aims to address subconscious attitudes, judgments or beliefs and helps officers to understand and confront these biases. The purpose of the program was two-fold. First, the training raised awareness that implicit bias exists. Secondly, commanders worked to develop strategies and practical techniques to deter implicit bias and better serve the citizens of St. Louis.
“We all have beliefs and biases that we allow to reach from our subconscious into our daily interactions and create hurdles,” Chief Sam Dotson said. “The recent events in our region have made it more important then ever to recognize issues such as implicit bias and work toward solutions. The Department’s mission is rooted in upholding our core values of service, integrity, leadership and fair treatment to all.”
The training course was taught by Khatib Waheed, a St. Louis-based presenter who speaks on a variety of topics related to racial and social equality.”