The US Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) agency on Friday will host a training session designed to highlight "the impact of stereotypes and unconscious biases" in the exercise of their duties.
The session is said to consist of dialog between a senior official with the agency and an "expert in gender bias" by the name of Susan Fleming.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the seminar "will draw on academic research, business experience, and unique perspectives to explore the complex web of beliefs and biases that influence our interactions with colleagues, as well as discussing strategies for individuals and organizations to start overcoming unconscious biases."
Attendance is optional at the event. However, critics are lashing out at what they call the lack of focus by the agency at a time when illegal border crossings are at record numbers, and show no signs of abating in the long term.
"CBP doesn't have the people to properly patrol our nation's borders but we do have the time to step away from work hours to have a conversation on ‘unconscious bias,'" commented one anonymous official working for the Department of Homeland Security, the umbrella under which rests the CBP.
Agents of the CPB are reportedly feeling demoralized lately, with unprecedented challenges in their professional environment, coupled with attrition in their numbers, partly due to budget cuts. There also still looms the possibility of a mass exodus from the CPB if a vaccine mandate is successfully implemented in the organization.