On Wednesday, April 14th, the Criminal Justice subcommittee members were presented data from racial equity training from police departments nationwide.
90% of the police stations surveyed required officers to go through implicit bias training. However, even though a majority of stations (69%) surveyed have implicit bias trainings, a majority (59%) do not have ways to measure the successes/failures of these programs. It was also noted that there was not much of a behavior change pre/post-training.
Subcommittee members discussed the data presented as well as other crime statistics that were requested to be reviewed. A member of the public asked if hiring had been an area of focus and Alexcia Cox, Criminal Justice subcommittee co-chair, responded that the subcommittee had reviewed aspects of hiring including hiring benefits, promotions, retention, etc.
As a follow-up to this meeting, subcommittee members will give recommendations on how and where to distribute flyers and other materials that will promote the Task Force’s Action Summit in June. Members of the subcommittee promised to register for and help promote the summit themselves.
Members will also be reflecting on the questions they will want to ask community members at the summit.
Upcoming Subcommittee Meeting Information
The next (virtual) Criminal Justice subcommittee meeting is next week on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Zoom link to join: https://zoom.us/j/98434740049.
Subcommittee members will discuss more details on racial sensitivity training.
Remember, you’re allowed to ask questions and make comments at these meetings! We’d love to see you there!