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Fair and Impartial Policing Training Website

Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division

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With the goal of promoting communication and better understanding between law enforcement and local communities, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has developed the Fair and Impartial Policing (FAIP) website. FAIP is a web-based initiative designed to give Massachusetts law enforcement professionals and members of the community new insight into the issues related to what is commonly referred to as “racial profiling.”

“These program materials are valuable in educating law enforcement and members of the community about each others’ perspective and provide effective tools necessary for positive interactions. We anticipate that these positive interactions will promote increased trust and effectiveness in community policing,” stated Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, Secretary of Public Safety and Security.

The FAIP training modules, developed with a federal Section 1906 grant, are accessible free of charge. Topics covered include cultural influences, unconscious biases and innate biological factors that influence how individuals react during a range of community and police interactions. In each module, experts from both the police and community perspectives analyze and discuss the scenarios presented. Law enforcement and the community at large are encouraged to utilize these educational resources provided on the website.

In addition to the five training modules themselves, there are downloadable outlines and supplementary documents for each module. An event launche with members of law enforcement and the community was recorded and will be posted on the website as well.

Upcoming additions are an FAQ and translations of the materials into other languages.

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