Center on Race and Social Problems

Pittsburgh police train community, officers on implicit bias

Wednesday’s training was a slightly shortened version of implicit bias training that all Pittsburgh police officers are now required to go through as part of the city’s participation in the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Pittsburgh was named as one of six pilot cities in the federal initiative in 2015.

Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems, the session looked at not only at implicit bias but also prejudice, discrimination and ways police and citizens can mitigate the impact of such automatic, subconscious bias.

“Implicit bias is unconscious bias,” said David Harris, a professor of law at the university. “It’s not about your character; it’s not about your beliefs; it’s about the psychological roots of behavior.”