JPD officers get fair and impartial policing training

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Jacksonville Police Officers received specialized training in Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) beginning Tuesday.

Two of the department’s supervisors, Lieutenant Teresa White and Sergeant Mark Ketchum, recently attended FIP Training in St. Charles, Missouri, offered by the Fair and Impartial Policing, LLC in conjunction with the US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Police Services (COPS Office). Both are session leaders for the Jacksonville Police Department.

White said the goal is to ensure that policing is fair and just, “There were several incidents that happened across the nation and because of these incidents our chief wanted to be proactive and put our agency in front of any concerns or issues.”

Training also includes de-escalation and crisis intervention techniques for those with mental health issues.

Fair and Impartial Policing is a perspective based on the modern science of bias. This science and the training are consistent with the law enforcement professions’ current emphasis on evidence-based policing.

“Evidence-based policing uses scientific research in establishing policies and practices for law enforcement,” said Chief Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety.

The mantra of the training session is: Policing based on stereotypes and biases is ineffective, unsafe and unjust. Officers will learn about the science of bias, how individuals in any profession can reduce and manage their biases, how impartial policing is linked to procedural justice and legitimacy, and what they need to do as police professionals to ensure bias-free policing.

“It is our goal to have every officer receive this training over the next few months,” said Chief Mike Yaniero.

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