Panel Discussion Examines Implicit Biases Between Police and the Public

Panel Discussion Examines Implicit Biases Between Police and the Public

The UNH Police department will host a panel discussion on Thursday, March 10, titled “Implicit Biases in Courts/Police and the Public.” The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge in Bartels Hall.

The panelists include:

•    Justice Richard Robinson, Connecticut Supreme Court
•    Judge Alex Hernandez, Connecticut Superior Court
•    Patrick Ridenhour, Stratford police chief
•    Michael Lawlor, Connecticut undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning
•    John Smriga, Bridgeport State’s Attorney
•    Darnell Crosland , attorney and NAACP Norwalk chapter president

“This distinguished group has the resources to affect change,” said UNH police officer Vincent O’Banner, who planned the program. “I wanted to bring awareness with the public, build better relations between law enforcement and the community, open dialogue and recognize that we have biases. We can overcome them with trust, respect and responsibility.”

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