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Racially Biased Policing
Course Category: Community Awareness and Interactions

Notice: This course was developed by the Toronto Police Service and has been made available to all police services via CPKN.


Content Provider:
Toronto Police Service


1 hour

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Though the concept of race is relatively modern, it is entrenched in our society. In some cases however, racism can be subtle and recognizing it can be extremely challenging. In policing, there is a distinct difference between criminal profiling, which relies on actual behavior or information on suspected activity, and racial profiling which is based solely on stereotypical assumptions.

Developed by the Toronto Police Service, Racially Biased Policing is designed to increase officer awareness with regard to interacting with members of the community who represent the various ethnic and racial backgrounds. Through examples and exercises as well as review of recent case law decisions and the subsequent legal ramifications, this course will help officers think critically about their actions when engaged in their duties and ultimately take reasonable steps to avoid racially-based policing.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Define race and understand where the concept of race originated
  • Understand difference between racial and criminal profiling
  • Recall how the law deals with racial profiling
  • Understand how decisions can be affected by biases that we may not even know that we have

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees

Content Provider

This course was researched and developed by the Toronto Police Service. Additional subject matter expertise was provided by the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Police College.