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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