Why Fair and Impartial Treatment Training is Important
The cornerstones of legitimacy and trust in any authoritative body are integrity and fairness. When people in authority, especially law enforcement officers, are honest, trustworthy, and give fair and impartialtreatment to all, they establish long-term relationships and build trust in the process.
When the public perceives an authoritative individual as arbitrary and biased, they harbor resentment and anger, making them rebellious and hard to manage and control. That is why it is essential to train law enforcement officers to give everyone fair and impartial treatment.
Unguided discretion is one of the most significant concerns specific to policing, especially among police officers who are not adequately trained on how to treat people fairly and impartially.
The public is often concerned about the objectivity of the judgment made.
Although police officers can use discretion when enforcing the law, they are expected to be impartial to avoid strife, divisiveness, and even violence. Fairness and impartiality promote legitimacy and foster public trust in systems. Watch the video linked above to hear more of what trained police personnel thinks about fairness and impartiality in policing.