Judicial Watch announced recently it received 127 pages of records from the South Bend, Indiana Police Department which show the Department offered diversity training in 2017 which includes a “cultural competence” rating for personnel. The training material also names various classes of prejudice, including “languageism” and “sizeism.” The Mayor of South Bend at that time was Pete Buttigieg.
The South Bend Police Department training material claims all personnel have a measurable Cumulative Perceptual Index (CPI) rating, which measure their “cultural competence.”
“The CPI theory posits that our behaviors and biases today may well be rooted in our individual measurable CPI rating,” the training material says. “Its base assertion is that we all have been exposed to bigotry and biases at various stages of our lives. What and with what levels of intensity those exposures took place is an important variable in our past, current and future interpersonal interactions. One thing that the CPI theory holds certain is that none of us were born with prejudices and biases. It also posits that all of us have had some prejudice or bias get dispelled in some way over time and it is that factor that can facilitate measurable adjustments in our CPI ratings.”