Police officers must be able to competently and professionally interact with all members of the community. Their success depends on their abilities to set aside their biases The key to working through these biases and their negative impacts is self-awareness.
This course is designed to focus on self-understanding . Many police diversity courses use high end theory and complex programs to get students to understand the world around them. We focus on getting the student to understand themselves. There is no one way to learn how to interact with all the various people police officers come into contact with; To try, is superficial and stereotypical in itself. True learning and knowledge come from knowing how the officer views their world, how they developed that view, and how it impacts their interactions.
In the course, we discuss terms and definitions, and develop accurate understanding of them. We address the biases we all have, how we develop them, and how they become woven into the fabric of our being. We provide several actionable steps to mitigate the negative impact of our biases in our work related, and personal, interactions. We use extensive self-reflection worksheets, as well as video scenarios/tabletop discussions, to relate the discussed theories to real life incidents. Most important, we help develop critical thinking skills that benefit the officer in communication and tactical response to police situations.
These classes were designed and constructed with the new and veteran street police officer and deputy in mind. The discussions are geared to help those who work at the street and patrol level in law enforcement; they are not dripping with theory but are steeped in actual experience gained by street police officers over several decades of work combined with formal education. It is an applied science that makes sense to police minds. And, most important for law enforcement officers, the courses are facilitated in a pro police, confidence building–not fear based–atmosphere. We believe in policing and the people called to perform this critical work.
Police are not the problem, but we are a critical part of the solution.
"The role of policing is to create, grow,
and sustain positive community relationships."
-Role of Police in Society
-Definitions of terms-Bias, prejudice, stereotypes, etc.
-How people develop Bias
- How we can meet people where they are
-Developing our Interpersonal Skills-acknowledgement of bias, tools to improve interactions
-De-escalation, Communication Tips
-What is our End Goal? Successful interactions
4 hour course=$39/person
+Travel costs outside Denver Metro area
Min. class-10 attendees, Max=25
Training For Your Community
Civilian police work with, and for, everyone in their community. They must be able to successfully interact with the spectrum of human experience. The only control they have is over themselves. Onyx focuses on developing the officer instead of trying to teach them superficial, inaccurate tidbits about different minorities.