Understanding the Effects of Bias | Positive Policing in Pessimistic Times

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Darnell Blackburn - Mr. Blackburn served 19 years as a District Field epresentative with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), assigned to oversee standards compliance with police academies in southeastern Michigan and the regulating standards for licensing police agencies in the state. Prior to joining the MCOLES staff, Darnell served 9 years with the Michigan State University and Auburn Hills Police Departments working in uniformed patrol, community policing and as a narcotics investigator.

Darnell is the Founder and CEO of PRAT LLC, a service consulting company that specializes in training law enforcement officers in Unconscious Bias, Cultural Competency, Stress Management and Verbal De-Escalation. He has acted as a Facilitator for the US. Department of Justice on police and community relations in Washington D.C., alongside the previous Attorney Generals Loretta Lynch and Jeff Sessions. He has also been recognized as a subject matter expert on Implicit and Unconscious Bias, training numerous police agencies on the subject matter as well cultural competency. Darnell Blackburn has a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Course Description:

In the past year we encountered a World-Wide pandemic, something most of us never thought we would see in our lifetime. We have witnessed multiple police officers, sworn to protect, be convicted of inhumanely taking another’s life. In the last year, we have lived in a world unimaginable to most that has adversely affected arguably everyone.

This course is designed to HELP police officers get through these trying times. HELP officers to understand how and why they seem to be under attack. The program will HELP officers to understand their own personal biases and how they affect their actions on the job. Officers will learn how to not end up in the news media due to actions that could have been avoided. Lastly, officers will learn to de-escalate the potentially explosive confrontations that they will certainly experience in today’s climate.

Topics Include:

  • Verbal De-escalation
  • Cultural Competency
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Tactical Communication
  • Implicit Bias

Course Details:

- 302 Funds Eligible -