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Missouri 2023 Lesson Summaries

2023 Lesson 11: Racial Profiling/Biased Policing


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This is an online interpersonal perspectives course on racial profiling/biased policing designed to promote fair, impartial, and unbiased policing practices, understanding and respect for racial and cultural differences, and the use of effective, non-combative methods for carrying out law enforcement duties in a racially and culturally diverse environment. This lesson defines racial profiling, examines the importance of training on this topic, and explains how it violates the United States Constitution. The lesson summarizes and explains the latest federal guidelines on using listed characteristics, including race, in police work; and the lesson explains when these guidelines are binding on Missouri officers. The lesson examines the most recent Attorney General Vehicle Stops Report, summarizes its findings, and explains how individual law enforcement agencies can use the Report to combat racial profiling. The lesson gives examples of best practices to effectively reduce racial profiling and improve community relations.

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