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Fedster

The College of Policing is reviewing its guidance on bias training after it was thrown out by the civil service.

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Date - 2nd April 2021
By - Chloe Livadeas

The report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities also recommended that unconscious bias training should end.

The Metropolitan Police have said while they don’t have unconscious bias training specifically, the concept of bias runs through many of their interventions.

In September last year Greater London Authority said Met officers needed unconscious bias and refresher training after a summer of high-profile stops of black males.

A spokesperson for the force said: “The approach taken to training in the Met means that the complex subject of bias/unconscious bias / implicit bias features as an element within a range of training interventions (e.g. safeguarding and training for those engaging as assessors in recruitment and selection processes) where we can contextualise the concept of bias in given situations.” 

They added that “they, like other police services, will work with the College of Policing to see what further changes may be advisable in the light of the report's recommendations”.

The government is phasing out use of unconscious bias training throughout the Civil Service after reasearch showed it could have unintended negative consequences. It has also urged other public sector organisations to do the same.

A College of Policing spokesperson said there is no standalone unconscious bias training within College of Policing training.

“Awareness training on its own will not change behaviour,” they said.

“However, consideration of all forms of bias is embedded within the Police National Curriculum. The College of Policing is in the process of reviewing its guidance about training for forces to determine how best to address the concept of bias in officer training in the future.

“We will update police forces in England and Wales in due course on the outcome of that review.”

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BizzieBee
2 hours ago, Fedster said:

after a summer of high-profile stops of black males.

Oh, Jesus-H. 

A huge drug-fuelled, weaponised gang violence issue that no one can face up to by calling it out for what it is. 

Hundreds upon hundreds of black youths slain in the streets, with innards strewn from pavement to post. 

The answer: 

2 hours ago, Fedster said:

Greater London Authority said Met officers needed unconscious bias and refresher training after a summer of high-profile stops of black males.

Ground-breaking. 
Stirling effort. 

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Zulu 22

So glad that I have retired and no longer have to take any notice of the ICOP. The is the Incompetent College of Policing. Does it have any street experienced Police officers?

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SD

The problem is, unconscious bias is real and can be evidenced. The bad news is that's not what is being taught. For example Affinity bias and Conformation bias are important to be aware of. Still waiting to see it taught though.

 

 

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