Cape chief Blair attends policing summit at White House; bias, tech are among topics

By Ben Kleine
Southeast Missourian

Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair’s three take-aways from the briefing were focuses on implicit-bias training, using social media to engage the public and using data for transparency and crime prevention.

Cape Girardeau officers receive implicit-bias training annually, Sgt. Adam Glueck said.

Implicit bias, whether it’s based on race, socio-economic status, appearance or other criteria, are attitudes and stereotypes that exist on a subconscious level and develop over a lifetime, according to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University.

Everyone harbors at least some form of implicit bias regardless of how impartial he or she tries to think, Blair said.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.