Bias and Blind Spots (Law Enforcement)

Managing Bias and Decision-making for Law Enforcement

A recent Police Executive Research Forum survey found that the average officer received roughly 60 hours of firearms training, 50 hours of defensive tactical training, but only 8 hours of de-escalation training. We are all biased and if we are blind to our biases, the consequences are critical to our decision-making abilities to be tactful and minimize conflict in our interactions with citizens. By gaining awareness and learning to manage biases, officers can adapt beliefs and behavior to improve decision-making and interactions with citizens in their communities.

Here’s a sample of training outcomes:

  • Defusing Techniques that Decrease the Need for Force
  • Effective Communication for Various Personality Styles
  • Prevent Cross-Cultural Conflicts, Tensions, and Misunderstandings
  • Emotional Intelligence, Strengthen Respect for Cultural Differences


This course qualifies for .6 CEU credits. Learn more about on-site training