ECCO to Host Implicit Bias Training for Lynn Police Department
June 26, 2016
I am thrilled to share a holy and historic opportunity for ECCO and the Lynn police.
In April, ECCO leaders met with the Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger and 10 Lynn police officers in order to promote understanding and trust between Lynn police and our Black and Latino sisters and brothers in Lynn. We shared stories of our own racial biases, and our realization that we in ECCO also need implicit bias training ourselves, not just police. We then invited the chief to send 15-30 command staff of the Lynn Police Department to join us at an implicit bias training ECCO would organize with Prof. Rachel Godsil, a nationally-recognized trainer on implicit bias.
Chief Coppinger not only said YES, but actually invited us to do the training for the whole police departmentduring their monthly in-service training day! He also agreed to have the Lynn PD’s head of training, Captain Michael Vail work with us and Prof. Godsil to design the day. After months of working to build a better relationship with the police, we feel deeply blessed for this opportunity.
Please mark your calendars for these trainings and RSVP Here!
- Lynn residents: Join our daytime training with the whole Lynn PD:
- Wednesday July 13th from 10am – 12pm at the Lynn Police Station (300 Washington St.)
- Non-Lynn residents (and Lynn residents who can’t come during the day), join our evening training
- Tuesday July 12 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Bethel AME Church (72 Silsbee St. Lynn)
We are looking forward to seeing you at these historic events!
Rev. Jane Gould, St. Stephen’s Lynn, ECCO Board member