Police Dynamics & Implicit Bias
16 hrs. of Certified Continuing Education
We all have implicit bias—those attitudes and stereotypes that lurk beneath our consciousness despite our declared beliefs and intentions. Why do we have these biases? Where do they originate? How do they affect our workplace interactions? Is it possible to eliminate implicit bias? The purpose of this session is to explore questions like these and to identify strategies for managing and reducing the impact of implicit bias.
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. Implicit bias differs from suppressed thoughts that individuals may conceal for social desirability purposes. Implicit biases are activated involuntarily and beyond our awareness or intentional control.
Implicit bias is concerned with unconscious cognition that influences understanding, actions, and decisions, whereas individuals who may choose not to share their beliefs due to social desirability inclinations are consciously making this determination.
Upon the successful completion of this workshop, the participants would be able to:
- Deliberate Leadership – A roadmap to leadership that teaches how to Establish, Embrace, Encourage, Embody, and Enforce the standards of the agency and the highest ideals of the profession.
- The Virtues of the MAGNUS Officer – The MAGNUS (Magnanimous Officer) embodies the virtues of excellence of character, credibility, faithful service, and inspirational leadership.
- The “Centurion Principle” – Operating under the protection of authority, MAGNUS Officers possess great power to effect positive change inside and outside of the agency, generate voluntary compliance with the law, infuse trust into relationships, overcome resistance without resorting to force, and avoid ethical failures.
- Emotional Intelligence and Self-awareness – The “Personal Style Indicator” is used to identify each participant’s primary leadership style, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses. The various combinations of personal styles are examined in detail to provide insight into the potential for internal conflict as well as opportunities for collaboration and team-building.
- Coactivity, Character, Authority, and Restoration – These Dynamics are at the core of understanding the fundamental mission of law enforcement, strategic crime-fighting, resiliency under pressure, bringing peace out of disorder, the power of representation, insulation against ethical failure, motivating others to the highest levels of morale and performance, and the path to stabilize internal relationships and restore renegade officers.
- Roles of the SuperVisor – By employing a complexity of organizational and team-building roles, credible leaders actualize both their “power of position” and “power of influence” to synergistically empower others to accomplish agency objectives. In this way, they become the “standard bearers” of proessional excellence.
- Character-based Discipline – Internal discipline is generally exercised to discourage unacceptable behavior without addressing underlying motivations. However, a more effective model of progressive discipline encourages positive character while discouraging malicious intent and promoting automatic accountability.
- Understand the scientific foundations for implicit biases.
- Recognize the effect in the work place if those biases remain unchecked.
- Survey the historical impact of implicit bias in judicial decisions.
- Identify best practices for mitigating bias.
- Incorporate best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion in the law enforcement profession.
Sheriff (Retired) Ray Nash began his law enforcement career as a police dispatcher while still in high school. He has since served in law enforcement for over 34 years and brings a wide range of experience to the profession. After serving as a reserve officer with the Irmo Police Department in South Carolina, Ray joined the force full time in 1981, working through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1983 at age 23. He served the next two years on the training staff of the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
In 1987, Ray became Chief of the Summerville, SC Police Department where he served until 1994. During this time, Summerville was recognized for its outstanding community policing initiative. After leaving Summerville, Ray served as a consultant to law enforcement agencies nationwide primarily in the areas of community oriented policing and leadership skills. Ray began serving as Sheriff of Dorchester County in 1997. Ray developed a character-based leadership program called Police Dynamics and founded the Police Dynamics Institute.
Agencies throughout the U.S. and overseas have adopted the program and are reporting great success in fighting crime and improving officer performance. Leaders from around the world looked to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and the principles of Police Dynamics for answers to the difficult problems faced by law enforcement. He is a Professional Mentor to the Ministry of the Interior in Afghanistan, and now as a Police Program Adviser for the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the US Embassy in Kabul. His most current assignment is serving as the Rule of Law Coordinator for the International Police Coordination Board Secretariat. He holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Adult Education (workforce development) from Southern Illinois University and a MS in Criminal Justice Administration.
Lt. Col. Wellington Scott is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Administrative Officer’s Management Program, and an honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
He was a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 28 years and retired as the Deputy Commander in 2013. He directed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s First Line Supervisors School where he developed curriculum and provided instruction for newly promoted First Line Supervisors. Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as a Troop Commander, Unit Commander in Charge of Promotion and Performance Management, Director of Support Services, Director of Professional Standards, Director of Field Operations, and Deputy Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
He received Specialized Instructor Certifications in Defensive Tactics, Fitness Specialist and Biomechanics, Verbal Judo, and Performance Management Instructor Training from Developmental Dimensions International. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Field Training Officers, and is an Honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Lieutenant Colonel Scott now serves as the President of the Sheriff’s Institute for Ethical Leadership Development (SHIELD) a Division of the International Academy of Public Safety.
Lt. Christopher Hoina, Sr. is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. He currently serves as a law enforcement subject matter expert for the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS) advising on law enforcement education as it pertains to the Institute for Credible Leadership Development.
Prior to IAPS Christopher held the position as Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. With 25 years of law enforcement experience he served in a variety of roles to include: Commander of Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention Teams.
He has extensive teaching experience as a certified law enforcement instructor in both classroom and on-line, at the Academy, Community College and University levels; specializing in content related to Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention (CIT), Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations (CNT), Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention and School Resource Officer training.
We can bring this 16-hrs. course or an abbreviated version of it to your Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, State Police / Patrol, Corrections Facility, Law Enforcement Academy, Training Facility or Association. Please contact us for more information.