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GRPD officers to begin implicit-bias training

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids police officers will begin taking implicit-bias training within the next couple of months, now that the City Commission has approved funding for the plan.

The training is part of the city’s 12-point plan to improve community and police relations.  Nine of 12 points are now complete, including implementing body cameras for officers, requiring outside police agencies to investigate any Grand Rapids police shooting and reviewing police and fire hiring practices.

Implicit bias training is different than  regular diversity training.  The training is developed to help individuals learn about biases that they don’t know they have, such as a fear of the unknown or something that is culturally ingrained.

The funding is not to exceed $46,500.


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  • steve

    Bullshit. How about the people, who for one reason or another, might have these biases learn to obey the laws and norms of the community in which they live. The police always seem to be the ones that have to improve, never the residents themselves. Until the people who feel ‘offended’ take an honest look at their own actions, all the training in the world will do no good.

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