Implicit Bias In Police

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Police protect the people at all costs, but what happens when the people can’t trust them due to psychological drivers? A big issue with cops right now is implicit bias can affect their decision making in stressful situations. Implicit bias is a belief formed by a society, created unconsciously through everyday experiences, which can result in stereotypes from generalizing. It comes from our brain’s ability to make sense of the world through grouping. Implicit bias is hard to avoid. Subliminal stimuli from anything from television shows, to advertisements can add to the implicit bias, without the person ever noticing it, since it’s all subconscious. Priming can also play a role in implicit bias. Seeing something might result in associating it to the stereotype formed by implicit bias, further strengthening it. It is possible to fix implicit bias, but it is a difficult task. Due to the fact implicit bias is a belief shared by a community, in order to fix it, everyone in the community has to acknowledge it and work toward changing their own beliefs, so the beliefs of the group as a whole also change. Police need to realize their own implicit bias …show more content…
They train officers to build empathy and trust, teaching them social interaction skills, just like how people are taught other skills (Nuwer 2015). The downside to this method it is not well testing currently and could always result in the opposite outcome. There’s a chance that it can cause increased bias as shown in studies. It would certainly be a gamble, but it’s better to see what sticks, than to wait around and get nothing accomplished. If it works, officers will be prepared for most high-stake situations. Better social skills learned through practicing real life crises, will further prepare them for these situations (Nuwer 2015). The program also mirrors the recommendations by Campaign Zero as

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