Rocky Mount, NC Police Complete Fair and Impartial Police Training to Help Reduce Crime

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Members of the Rocky Mount Police Department have completed an extensive, six-hour Fair and Impartial Police Training Course. This course provided information and scenarios designed to help officers be proactive by recognizing their biases and ensuring they maintain controlled, unbiased responses. 

Approximately 160 Officers Complete Training

An estimated 160 officers in the department completed the training. The training was led by Sgt. Wayne Morris of the City of Rocky Mount Police Department. Police Sgt. Morris and Cpl. Jarrod Edmonds attended a special Train-the-Trainer course that enabled them to provide Fair and Impartial Police Training for the officers in their department.

Goals of Fair and Impartial Training

  • To make officers more effective at solving crimes and handling disorder problems
  • To promote trust
  • To emphasize the importance of unbiased action
  • To draw attention to biases officers may not even be aware they have
  • To help create a community that is less dangerous and actively prevents crime

The training is a part of an ongoing, proactive effort by the Rocky Mount Police to have open, frank, and honest dialogue that will result in more effective collaboration between residents and police.

First Police Department in NC to Complete "Fair & Impartial Training

The Rocky Mount Police Department was among the first in the entire state to have all of its officers complete the training. Now, it has also been effectively implemented in other areas, including the Toronto Police Service, the Utah Chiefs of Police and law enforcement agencies throughout North Carolina, including Chapel Hill, Durham, Fayetteville and Greensboro.

For more information about the Fair and Impartial Policing Program visit,

This is one part of an ongoing effort by police and citizens to reduce crime. Other projects include community policing, Operation First Frost and others that have contributed to the city’s lowest crime rates since the 1980s.

The city’s police department also held a “Know Your Rights” event that was featured in an edition of the Los Angeles Times. Watch a recap of the presentation here:

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