MPD holds workshops to educate public on implicit bias

MPD holds workshops to educate public...

MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department is hosting a series of workshop to educate residents on implicit bias in their communities.

The department has provided internal training on subconscious bias since 2011, but this is the first time it is holding a public forum.

Organizers believe bias can heavily influence what one views as “suspicious” or “friendly.”

Madison police officer Jared Prado has trained on implicit bias for years. He says everyone has subconscious stereotypes, but many times, people do not recognize it, or are in denial.

"We may feel defensive, we may feel under attack when we take some sort of test that tells us that we have implicit bias, but the truth of the matter is we all have implicit bias," said Prado.

Prado’s hope is that that these workshops will help create stronger neighborhoods where residents trust one another and don’t build barriers because of their differences.

The two-part series workshop will be held at the Catholic Multicultural Center on July 26 and Aug. 30. To register, call 608-266-4238.

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