Community Training Tuesday, January 28th

Members of the community are invited to participate in a free training session on fair and impartial policing that teaches individuals the science of implicit bias and how to manage it in everyday situations.  

The upcoming session looks at the modern science of bias, recognizing that even well-intentioned people have implicit biases that can impact their perceptions and behaviors. Police Department staff have recently been trained on fair and impartial policing and command staff participated in a community session offered at Stetson University last week. The class will include discussion and interactions, and participants will learn about the efforts to implement the principles of the training within the police department.

The upcoming session will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28 in Ballroom A at the Sanborn Activity and Events Center, 815 South Alabama Avenue, DeLand.

The training will be facilitated by Dr. Lorie Fridell, a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida and a national expert on biased policing.

Fridell is also CEO of FIP, LLC., which has offered training in communities across the nation including Austin, Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Ottawa (Canada), Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Jose, Seattle, and Toronto.

“I believe this is important training for all of us as a community and as a police department so that we can work together and respond appropriately in all situations,” said Police Chief Jason Umberger.

Those planning to attend should RSVP as space is limited. People may RSVP to Rebecca Ackerman at or 386-626-7413.