State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and University Police Commissioner Paul Berger today announced that 24 officers from throughout SUNY recently completed a national Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) training program in Syracuse. The officers will begin providing training to their colleagues on-campus and regionally throughout 2016.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “We are proud to bring the Fair and Impartial Policing program to SUNY and to ensure that the officers keeping our campuses safe and secure have access to the newest and most efficient tools, training, and best practices.”

The FIP training is specifically designed to enhance officers’ understanding of how bias — and especially implicit or unconscious bias — can impact policing. Officers learn techniques to be more aware of bias and ensure that it does not affect their interactions with the public.

“This program addresses biased policing and the overwhelming number of well-intentioned police in this country who aspire to fair & impartial policing, but who are human like the rest of us,” said Gerald W. Schoenle, Jr., president SUNY Police Chiefs Association. “The initial training was an informative experience for those of us in Syracuse last week. I look forward to working with the SUNY Police Chiefs to train the rest of our 600 officers across New York.”

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