PPF Funds New Anti-Discrimination And Implicit Bias Training Program

Sep 27 2018

The nonprofit Philadelphia Police Foundation has received a $15,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to fund the Philadelphia Police Department’s new Implicit Bias and Anti-Discrimination training program recently developed by Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr.

“The grant from Motorola Solutions will be instrumental in ensuring that Philadelphia Police officers are aware of the effects of implicit bias in policing, and have the skills to identify and reduce these biases. The curriculum will address bias in racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic status,” said Maureen Rush, Philadelphia Police Foundation Board President.

Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Police at the University of Pennsylvania, said the important new Police Department program will be taught by professionals in the field. The course is designed to reach every police officer in the Department.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided several previous grants through the coordination of the Philadelphia Police Foundation over the past several years for Philadelphia Police Department training programs. Motorola is an active member of the Philadelphia Police Foundation.

“The Philadelphia Police Department is grateful to the Philadelphia Police Foundation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation for their very generous financial contribution in support of this critically important new training program,” Commissioner Ross noted.

The Philadelphia Police Foundation (www.phillypolicefoundation.org) was established in 1999 by civic, corporate, business and nonprofit leaders from throughout the Philadelphia region to assist the Philadelphia Police Department in their work to provide for the safety and security of the city’s residents, workers and visitors. This unique public-private partnership provides funding to the Police Department for programs, training and equipment not included in the city’s budget.