Captain Scott Kent

Captain of Police

Alexandria Police Department, Minnesota

Scott is an 18-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department in Minnesota. In 2016, Captain Kent was accepted to the prestigious FBI National Academy training program. The curriculum currently includes a day-long session entitled, “Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS): Lessons of the Holocaust.” A partnership between ADL and the U.S. Holocaust Memoriam Museum, the program asks participant to tour the museum, learn about the role of law enforcement in Nazi Germany, and discuss perceptions of law enforcement in present-day American. Captain Kent was captivated by the closing conversation about biases and perceptions of law enforcement. Upon his return to Minnesota, he asked if he could start an implicit bias training program in Alexandria. Captain Kent wanted to be proactive and give officers additional skills to become more well-rounded. Not knowing where to start, he cold-called ADL. As a result, in early 2017, the entire Alexandria Police Department along with officers from surrounding communities participated in ADL’s Managing Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement training. A year later, when asked if he was interested in facilitating the MIB program for other law enforcement officer, Captain Kent enthusiastically agreed. After completing the train-the-trainer seminar in 2018, Captain Kent began facilitating MIB in Minnesota, Illinois and most recently, in Arizona. By leading these trainings, Captain Kent hopes to help change how law enforcement officers approach the communities they serve. He believes that ADL’s MIB program can help guide officer to reflect and look internally to overcome challenges they face in the field. In his own words, “We are trying to change culture, it’s a process, and I’m honored to do my part.”

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