North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

T.R.R.U.T.H. (Taking Race Relations and Understanding to Heart)

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for sworn and non-sworn personnel who will be actively engaged in community-relations initiatives within their agency. While much of the course content focuses on the delivery of police service by sworn officers, all departmental personnel responsible for dealing with the public can benefit from this course.

Course Goal:

This course will provide law enforcement officers and other personnel with the necessary psycho-social skills needed to effectively mitigate conflicts and build trust with ethnic minorities.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand how cultural biases play a role in policing.
  • Identify the impact of racial profiling.
  • Explain the differences between stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.
  • Understand the Seven Social Processes that lead to Lucifer Effect.
  • Understand Kant’s ethical theories of hypothetical and categorical imperatives.
  • Identify methods of building trust and meaningful relationships with minority populations.
  • Explain the concept of police legitimacy and procedural justice.
  • Identify ways to increase perceptions of police fairness, legitimacy, and effectiveness.
  • Understand the Five Factors that affect citizens' attitudes toward the police. 
  • Discuss the barriers to good police-community relations.
  • Understand the significance of using de-escalation techniques. 


This course employs lecture, class discussion, demonstration and practice.

Course Requirements:

Students should be familiar with Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint software applications. Attendees should bring a jump drive for storing course work.


Register for ALL NCJA classes (online, traditional, web-based) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.




Course Coordinator:

Carlton Joyner

Length of Course:

Two days - 16 hours

Limit 2 students per department