Priming: How Available Information Leads to Undesirable Police Outcomes

2/21/24 at 10:00 AM to 2/21/24 at 11:00 AM

Presented by: Paul Taylor, Laura Scarry and Mike Ranalli

Humans are predictive creatures. We rely on previous experience and the information we bring to any event. And officers are no different. Their experiences, their training, and the information they have about an incident all prime how they will react in that situation. Priming can cause officers to “see” and “know” things about the incident or the subject, rather than relying on facts and observations.

This webinar will explore the role priming plays in policing outcomes. Just as important, we will explore how use of force investigations often fail to account for context and therefore miss the opportunity to help the agency learn from the incident. And, we will discuss a different model – adaptive decision-making – that supports officers in making decisions in complex situations.

You’ll Learn:

  • Why decision-making is much more than just a response to a stimulus.
  • Why adaptive decision-making is essential to reducing undesirable policing outcomes.
  • Cultural and training paradigm shifts needed to support adaptive decision-making.
  • How to incorporate an understanding of priming to enhance accountability and build learning organizations.

Register here.