Barrington Police Department treated to anti-bias training

Chief Correia: Training helps officers better serve community

Posted 11/9/21

Members of the Barrington Police Department recently participated in an anti-bias-based training program.

Held at the Barrington Public Library, the program was led by Kassie Hawkins, who is the …

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Barrington Police Department treated to anti-bias training

Chief Correia: Training helps officers better serve community

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Members of the Barrington Police Department recently participated in an anti-bias-based training program.

Held at the Barrington Public Library, the program was led by Kassie Hawkins, who is the manager of LGBTQ-plus programs at the Sojourner House. Barrington Police Chief Michael Correia said Hawkins did a great job presenting the program.

“My overall goal was to bring this to the town’s police officers because it prepares the Barrington Police Department to better serve the community,” Chief Correia said. “… it allows us to serve the town in a more compassionate manner.”

Chief Correia said some of the training focused on how officers could avoid unknowingly offending someone during police responses. He said Hawkins shared tips on how to communicate with someone without labeling them. 

“We worked through that,” Chief Correia said. “You have a ton of options. ‘How would you like me to refer to you?’ The whole goal boiled down is to respect people and be kind to people.”

Chief Correia said he had the opportunity to participate in similar training when he was in Providence — he worked for Providence Police Department for more than 30 years — and found it very rewarding.

“This type of training going forward, it puts the Barrington Police Department in a better position to serve the people who live in the community,” he said. 

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