Module One

Overview and History of Racial Profiling

Module 1 provides a brief overview of racial profiling, how it is defined and how the courts have viewed this issue in Massachusetts. This module looks at specific situations where use of racial or ethnic identification is applicable, but how overall, profiling is not an effective way to identify potential suspects.

Training Videos for this Module

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Module Two

Assessing Criminal Activity

In Module 2 we will look at assessing criminal behavior including some effective alternatives to racial profiling. We'll also see how the unconscious mind and even some of our basic biology affects our biases. Viewers will learn to recognize and work around some of these innate behaviors.

Training Videos for this Module

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Module Three

Police Encounters from the Police Perspective and Through the Eyes of People of Color

Module 3 features a discussion about the social aspects of culture and bias.

It also examines the concepts of prejudice, discrimination, racism and the differences among them, as well as how all these issues impact police-community relations.

Training Videos for this Module

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Module Four

Engaging Citizens in Discussions of Racial Profiling or its Perception

Module 4 looks at community-police interactions and how many of the factors discussed in previous modules affect day-to-day confrontations on the street. It explains how at times even good policing can appear to be bias-based, but stresses the overall value of police forming a relationship with the community.

Training Videos for this Module

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Module Five

Traffic Stop Data Collection and Analysis

In Module 5 we will look at the mathematical and statistical methods of data collection and how these methods can be used to determine if profiling is present within a specified community or region. This module discusses what data should be collected, how it should be collected and the process by which to analyze the information when attempting to study the incidence of, or lack of, racial profiling.

Training Videos for this Module

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