Come network with your sociology colleagues and hear about the current work of Professor Kris Marsh at UMD, “Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency Collaboration between University of Maryland and Prince George’s County Police Department.”
The talk will chronicle the relationship between the University of Maryland and the Prince George’s County Police Department. Current and future research projects with the police department will also be discussed. Our implicit bias project will be highlighted. Implicit bias is simply the association our minds make between two seemingly unrelated things, such as skin tone and the propensity to have a weapon or be violent. Although implicit bias is new to policing, it is a classic social psychological concept originating with Allport’s (1954) theoretical assessment of prejudice. Everyone has implicit biases. However, implicit bias in policing can be dangerous, and even deadly, for citizens as well as police officers.