Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All Met Officers to Attend Course on Race Prejudice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All Met Officers to Attend Course on Race Prejudice

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Byline: Justin Davenport and Jonathan Corke

SCOTLAND Yard plans to roll out a pilot training programme to help officers recognise unconscious bias in a bid to challenge prejudices about race.

All 32,000 officers are expected to be trained in how to spot signs of their own prejudices, in particular when using stop and search powers.

So far, all sergeants and inspectors in the Met have taken the course, which focuses on how officers handle encounters with the public.

The trial in six police forces was launched by the College of Policing last year and involved 600 officers. One group took the course while another did not and researchers are to see if the course had an impact on their approach to stop and searches.

During the one-day course, officers receive written descriptions of people and are shown film footage and photographs to gauge their instant reactions to members of the public.

The Met said it planned to roll out the training to all officers if the pilot was proved successful. …

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