Workshop: What Policing Can Teach Us About Navigating Unconscious Bias

Two sessions: 10:30-12 and 1-2:30. Both sessions will cover similar content. 

Join us for an interactive workshop led by Anna Laszlo, Director of the organization Fair and Impartial Policing, to learn about dealing with unconscious bias in high-pressure situations, and the techniques we can use to manage our own biases and the impact of unconscious bias in the organizations that we help to shape. 


Anna T. Laszlo, MA is the Managing Partner of Fair and Impartial Policing, LLC and, with Dr. Fridell, the co-author/developer of the Fair and Impartial Policing training program. She brings more than 36 years’ experience directing national criminal justice and law enforcement training and technical assistance programs funded by the USDOJ and other Federal agencies. In addition to her work with FIP, LLC, she is working with the USDOJ, COPS Office to co-author Practicing Community Policing: A Practitioner’s Toolkit - a series of guides for law enforcement executives, practitioners, and elected officials. She is the co-author of The Collaboration Toolkit: How to Build, Fix and Sustain Effective Law Enforcement Collaborations.

She has conducted more than 1200 training programs for Federal, State, and local law enforcement as well as international training programs for criminal justice professionals. Her training and technical assistance consulting practice includes such clients as the American Bar Association, the National District Attorneys’ Association, American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, Phoenix House, the Center for Law and Justice, University of New Orleans, and the Center for Police Leadership and Training of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for whom she has designed and is teaching the Women’s Leadership Institute—a new leadership development program for women law enforcement leaders nationally and internationally.  

Her international portfolio includes working with the Moroccan, Haitian, Tunisian, Brazilian, and Egyptian National Police Services, providing strategic planning for police reform and training design.  She has published in academic and professional journals. Her most recent article, addressing the development of the Fair and Impartial Policing Training Program, appears in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Journal—Special Issue: Policing Diverse Communities. She has been an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Buffalo State College, Boston College, and Seattle University. Ms. Laszlo is based in Washington DC.


FIP Mission

The mission of the Fair and Impartial Policing, LLC (FIP, LLC) is to bring the modern science of bias to the training of law enforcement professionals. Bias today is less likely to manifest as explicit bias (such as racism) and more likely to manifest as “implicit bias.”  FIP, LLC works with law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve to understand how biased behavior manifests in policing, from the perspective of the modern science of human bias, and to develop collaborative, problem-solving approaches to establish and sustain mutual trust and respect between law enforcement organizations and communities.

Since 2009, with financial support through cooperative agreements with the USDOJ, Office of Community Policing Services (COPS Office), we have developed five seminal training curricula to address biased policing, police legitimacy, procedural justice, and the development of a comprehensive program to promote fair and impartial policing. 

Our clients are local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

Why FIP is needed

  • The social psychologists who study human bias report that bias has changed in our society.  In modern times, when bias manifests, it is more likely to be in the form of implicit bias, not explicit bias (such as racism).  The concept of implicit bias is making its way into a number of professions, including medicine and education.
  • In policing, implicit bias might manifest when an officer assumes crime is in the making when she sees three Hispanic males in a car, does not frisk a female when the indicators of danger are present, perceives threat when a Black male reaches into his car to retrieve a license and registration.  It can manifest at the command level in decisions about where to deploy officers, what crimes to enforce vigorously and which crimes to ignore, how much attention to give to crimes against low income individuals versus crimes against high income individuals.  
  • To promote fair and impartial policing, we need to educate officers about implicit bias.  That is, we need to train police on how bias can manifest outside conscious awareness even in well-meaning individuals and provide them with the skills they need to both reduce and manage their biases. 
  • The Fair and Impartial Policing Training Program has five curricula targeted to various subsets of agency personnel (e.g., command-level, patrol officers). The perspective is well received by both police and community members. 

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