Policing in the “Executive State”

February 4, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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


Dr. Regi Frection is a passionate social justice advocate with a unique background as a law enforcement professional as well as academic expertise and hands-on experience in human rights, labor rights, law, and legal/social research, theory and analysis.

Known for his excellent communication and interpersonal skills and for motivating and building self-directed teams within law enforcement, corporate and non-profit organizations, Regi has worked on diverse projects from building out and delivering training with the National Sherriff’s Association on Weapons of Mass Destruction to IT integration for law enforcement agencies. Most recently, he worked for HELP, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong dedicated to helping foreign domestic workers receive equal treatment under the law.

Regi thrives in challenging and sometimes ambiguous situations where his depth and breadth of experience combined with creative, strategic and analytical thinking enables him to see unique solutions to complex issues.

Prior to founding Ares Human Rights International (a 501 c3 Organization), Regi was the CEO of CNI, a Project Manager working on government technology solutions for Motorola/GENCOM and for ARINC with law enforcement agencies. He also served as a detective and community policing sergeant for the Prince George’s County Police Force and a soldier in the US Army. Regi earned his PhD, Human Rights Law at the University of York, UK, has an MS, Management & Leadership from The Johns Hopkins University (Police Executive Leadership Program), and a BSc, Criminal Justice from Bowie State University.