Police department completes Fair and Impartial Policing training

Improving our understanding of the human condition 'implicit bias'

May 04, 2016 - by Lt. Bob Vander Yacht

​This spring, the Bellingham Police Department, in partnership with Fair and Impartial Policing LLC (FIP), hosted a regional “train the trainer” course in curriculum designed to help police personnel understand and identify the human condition known as “implicit bias,” and discuss ways to override such bias in an effort to promote police legitimacy, provide procedural justice and continue to enhance the organization’s overall mission of  committed to community.  Trainers from Bellingham Police, along with several other regional departments, participated in three days of teaching from FIP instructors for the purpose of presenting the six-hour course to their own agencies.  All Bellingham Police commissioned personnel completed the training in April.

While completing Fair and Impartial Policing training has become an industry “best practice,” and is one of the training objectives outlined in Obama’s May 2015 President’s Task Force on 20th Century Policing, the Bellingham Police had initiated a conversation with Fair and Impartial Policing, LLC in August of 2014 to facilitate the training in Bellingham.

“This training is reflective of our organization’s commitment to provide our officers and support staff with the knowledge and tools that ensure quality, ethical police service to our community”, says Police Chief Cliff Cook.

To learn more about this topic visit www.fairimpartialpolicing.com

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​Lt. Bob Vander Yacht
Bellingham Police Department
(360) 778-8765

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