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Lafayette Hosts Community Workshop On Implicit Bias And Procedural Justice


Date(s) – 04/18/2017
7:00 pm

Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building


In a breakthrough move, the Lafayette Police Department will lead a community workshop on implicit bias and procedural justice.  All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The event, organized by the city’s Crime Prevention Commission, will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building on April 18th at 7P.

The program is designed to increase public engagement, trust of local government, and overall perception of fairness in civilian-government interactions.  Specifically, the program will present the science of implicit bias and the concept of procedural justice generally and as they relate to the efforts of the Lafayette Police Department.  Group discussions on these topics will be facilitated and participants will work through interactive exercises to understand the topics more fully.  Participants will be introduced to de-biasing methods and procedural justice practices.

Says Police Chief Eric Christensen:  “Why are we doing this?  Because the more we talk about our difficult issues, the more likely we are to solve them.”

Says City Manager Steven Falk:  “I’m just really proud of the progressive work our Police Department and Crime Prevention Commission are doing here.  Rather than waiting for something bad to happen, they’re trying to prevent it before it does.  Well done!”

For more information, contact the Lafayette Police Department at 925-299-3220.


  1. Nice outreach, LPD.
    I hope this can confirm, and convince nay-sayers of the fairness of police work.
    The media, I feel, has been so unfair to police in recent years, painting everything as biased / prejudiced when it has not been. The Ferguson Mo. event, for example, was totally false reported by the media as police brutality , when in actuality it was the ‘victim’ who was beating up on the policeman , after beating on a store keeper. But unfortunately a lot of the public bought the wrong story , and have unfairly become anti-police. I hope this event can show how the police use the highest professional standards in community policing.

  2. I applaud the police and the city for this effort and out reach. Much could be solved with more meetings like this one.

  3. This event is a great idea, and I hope it’s well attended. As far as “much could be solved” people need to change their own mindset, and support the police. Protect and to serve.

    I agree with Greg as well, but I learned a long time ago to ignore the extremist positions of the far left and the far right.

    Moderately yours…

  4. Yes, Danielle, nicely said. Thank you.
    I so wish that we could all come back towards the middle too.
    I think it’s possible, as we acknowledge that we’ve gone off to both extremes in
    recent years. We need to be thinking, and fair….and push aside the locked-in ideologies / party lines and automatic talking points.

  5. Franky, this type of community policing has been in place for several years now. Kamela Harris picked up on it, and publicized it further.

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