SUNY Canton is employing state-of-the art methods to help its police force understand and address the issue of bias in law enforcement.
A recent training program held on campus offers a science-based approach to providing an understanding of the differences between implicit and explicit bias; the impact of biased policing on community members; and skills for fair, impartial and effective policing.
The State University of New York is the largest university system in the country to offer the training to its campuses.
“This course is considered the gold standard of its type within the law enforcement community,” said SUNY Canton University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin. “It has been adopted by hundreds of international, federal, state and local agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the California Department of Justice and the Toronto Police Service.”
Mulkin, who conducted the seminar, has already been through a rigorous anti-bias training program that was held in January. He and 23 other SUNY campus representatives were chosen to learn about this new approach and pass their knowledge on to their officers.
“This is something that SUNY has been working on for quite some time,” he said. “It’s one of the SUNY Chancellor’s and SUNY Commissioner’s top priorities.”
The course was developed by Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Florida and has been endorsed by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The training was attended by SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam University Police Officers, as well as a representative from the St. Lawrence County Sherriff’s Office.
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.