21st Century Policing
Law Enforcement Training Institute
115 Business Loop 70 West, Rm 143
Columbia, MO 65211
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m*
*Hours may vary due to training schedules
Adam Duncan is the Assistant Director of the University of Missouri's Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has served in various Law Enforcement capacities for 18 years, including the last 6 years as a full-time trainer. He teaches a variety of topics including Use of Force, Human Behavior, Cultural Competency, and Fair and Impartial Policing. His goal is to increase Officer Safety through a better understanding of the dynamics of personal interactions in an enforcement setting.
Travis Witt is the E-Learning Coordinator of the University of Missouri’s Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has served in various law enforcement capacities for 19 years, including the last 3 as an instructor trainer. He teaches a variety of topics including Use of Force, Human Behavior, Cultural Competency, and Communications. His goal is to increase Officer Safety through a better understanding of the dynamics of personal interactions in an enforcement environment. If you have questions related to the material please do not hesitate to contact Travis Witt.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive one (1) hour of continuing education credit in the area of fair and impartial policing practices including implicit bias recognition for interpersonal studies. The fee for this course is $15. Payment will be collected during the enrollment process. You will have thirty days (30) to complete this course.
The “Fair and impartial policing perspective” reflects a new way of thinking about the issue of biased policing. It is based on the science of bias, which tells us that biased policing is not, as some contend, due to widespread racism and other prejudices in policing. In fact, the science tells that even well-intentioned humans (and thus, officers) manifest biases that can impact their perceptions and behavior.
This 21st Century Policing course is a follow up to the Unbiased Policing Online program. In 21st Century Policing, we present various biases, particularly implicit bias and how to recognize those biases. We also address the need to recognize our unconscious biases, so we can implement unbiased behavior. Ideas are provided on handling gut reactions. We also discuss how to address and reduce our own implicit biases. Fair and impartial policing is the goal and skills to achieve that goal are presented.
The implication of the science is that even the best law enforcement officers may manifest bias because they are human, and even the best agencies because they hire humans, must be proactive in producing fair and impartial policing. This course covers the POST topical requirement of “Fair and impartial policing practices including implicit bias recognition” as part of the core curricula area of Interpersonal Perspectives.
All learners will need to complete a demographic survey in the beginning of the training, an evaluation at the end of the training, and email Travis Witt about the completion of the training.
Through out the training, learners will need to watch the required video in full, then move on to completing the quiz over the video.
The course will be completed when learners have completed watching all assignments, submitting all quizzes, and emailing the Travis Witt of your completion of the course materials.
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