ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The Department of Justice is paying special attention to officers who will be working in Ferguson. They said Thursday that area police are learning how to deal with their own personal bias to make sure that does not stop good police work.
Detective Andre Jackson and his partner Sergeant Bob Wayne work for the Washington University Police Department. Every day is similar.
“It’s easy to walk up on a call or situation and already have preconceived idea this is what it is going to be,” said Sgt. Wayne.
The two officers have been taught how to handle their emotions at work. The DOJ launched a training course designed to address bias. This is part of a nationwide initiative to strengthen the relationships between police and the people that they serve.
“Sometimes biases are unjust. Just because I see a black or brown driving down the street in car, that does not mean a crime is being committed,” said Det. Jackson.
The training goes beyond racial profiling, beyond color, gender and sexuality. The class teaches police to start with themselves.
Officers in Ferguson, St. Louis County, St. Louis City and troopers for the Missouri Highway Patrol are participating in local classes.