Leadership and Implicit Bias
The National Sheriffs' Association offers “Leadership and Implicit Bias” workshops in partnership with the International Academy of Public Safety and the Global Center for Public Safety.
Unlike explicit bias (which reflects the attitudes or beliefs that one endorses at a conscious level), implicit bias is the bias in judgment and/or behavior that results from subtle cognitive processes (e.g., implicit attitudes and implicit stereotypes) that often operate at a level below conscious awareness and without intentional control. There is what you know, what you don’t know, and then there is what you don’t know that you don’t know. Implicit Bias lives in the domain of what you don’t know you don’t know.
For maximum impact community engaged policing, it is our responsibility as law enforcement officers to seek out and resolve those biases that exist subconsciously within each of us, due to media, history or upbringing. Through experiential learning, this workshop allows the participants to discover their own implicit bias and how it affects their experience of another person. By combining deliberate leadership, emotional intelligence, body awareness and authentic conversation, one’s implicit biases are brought to light and dismantled.
Workshop held at the Global Center for Public Safety, located at 742 Ten Rod Road, Exeter, RI 02822.