USF professor leading nation in effort to combat police bias |

USF professor leading nation in effort to combat police bias | "Dr. Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, developed a program in 2008 called “Fair and Impartial Policing," a training curriculum to help law enforcement personnel recognize and manage their own implicit biases. "It's not the science of police bias, it's the science of human bias and how it might impact even on well-intentioned law enforcement,” said Fridell. “All of us need to understand our implicit biases because the first step toward reducing and managing them is understanding that they exist.” “This training brings the modern science of bias to the national issue of bias in law enforcement,” she said. “Even well-intentioned people have biases that impact on their perceptions and their behavior and that includes well-intentioned law enforcement.” Fridell says the program started gaining attention from law enforcement agencies all over the United States and Canada after police in Ferguson, Mo., shot and killed 18-year-old Mike Brown in 2014. Earlier this year she was contracted by the federal government to start giving the training to law enforcement officials with the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshal Service."