Treating all people with respect and dignity is embedded in all of our strategies to avoid racial profiling. Unconscious bias training has been addressed by the Municipal Police Training Committee in different programs and in defensive tactics training. We also have a progressive policy of avoiding arrest situations, instead using alternatives such as summons, diversion, and restorative justice. All citations and reports are inspected daily by a shift commander, with an eye toward identifying any improper use of our authority.
We have hired high quality officers who use good professional judgment and decision making.
One of the challenges is for dispatchers and officers not to become an extension of a caller's prejudice. We receive calls to dispatch, some with the best intentions (some not), reporting "suspicious" persons or behavior based on their race or ethnicity. Dispatchers must ask probing questions and our officers work hard to validate the credibility of a complaint before intervening.