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Social Justice and Anti-Bias Community Support

The Lasell University Police Department stands in solidarity with our community members in condemnation of systemic racism, police brutality, intolerance and injustice.

As police officers, we recognize the importance of being good allies to those whom we have vowed to protect and serve. We are incredibly proud of the community we serve. We value the relationships we have cultivated with campus members, both personally and professionally. Because of how much those relationship mean to us, we feel it is important for us as human beings and law enforcement professionals to share with you our belief in the sanctity of life and vow to uphold the Department’s Mission, Values, Training and Philosophy along with the principles of 21st Century Policing and guidelines for Racial Justice & Police Reform under the newly established Act Relative to Justice, Equality and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Training is an important part of police work, and we consistently strive to maintain a high level of training, both in the quality and quantity of training our officers receive. Our training is grounded in fair and humane treatment of all. As your community caretakers, we are committed to continuing our training, which includes regular anti-bias policing, de-escalation and fair and impartial policing training, with the best interests of our community members in mind.

Lasell University Police Officers have taken part in many trainings to help officers continue to serve in our everchanging community. The list below contains some of the most recent training our officers have completed:

Calibre Press:  Implicit Bias: Understanding its Impact on Actions & Decisions

National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy:

     Diversity & Community Policing on Campuses in Unpredictable Times

Promoting Racial Justice: Lasell University Prof. Jesse Tauriac

     Two events Honoring Black Lives

     Scene on Radio podcast(s): Seeing White

Lasell University Police Department In-Service Video trainings & discussions

     13th Netflix documentary by Ana DuVernay

     Racial Profiling

     Living While Black: How does racial bias lead to unnecessary calls to police

     Walking While Black:  Jacksonville Police

     Lori Fridell - Implicit Bias

     Use of Voice – Not Force: Sergeant Fred Jones / TedxEustis

     Lethal Force -  fleeing suspect

     Officer Slager – ACLU

     Atlanta Shooting: Rashard Brooks / Atlanta-Journal Constitution

     Joe Smarro: Tedx – I can see you

Lasell University Police Dept In-Service video training: in-house video / discussion forum

     Social Justice & Inequities as a Police Officer: An Insiders perspective

     Lasell University Police Department members talk about cultural & diverse experiences

Use of Force:   Lasell University Police Department review updated policy

Center for Professional Studies at Fitchburg State University:

     The Urgency of Social Justice

     Addressing Implicit Bias & Microaggressions

We have attended numerous classes via in person or on Zoom on the following.

     Fair and Impartial Policing

     Bubble and Bridges Race Relations

     CIT - Critical Incident training

     Webinars and training through Lasell University

     Racially Just Policing Model Policy

     De-escalation in person training

     Safe Spaces and Free Speech

     Attended trainings by American College Personnel on Diversity

     Attended training by Association of American College and University

GOAL: "Am I aware" Transgender Awareness Training