IMPARTIALITY is a key part of fairness. Being impartial doesn’t mean having no bias - rather is means knowing what those biases are, striving to set them aside and requesting outside perspectives as needed. While inspired by the ideal of JUSTICE, fairness is not sameness or always following the letter of the law. Fairness makes room for us to generate solutions and compromises based on reason and circumstance.


Susan, Inspector Haynes and I were discussing the oath that policemen swear when they join the force.

I was interested in the difference between fairness and impartiality…both words appear in the oath.

This definition seems to leave quite a lot of room for independent and creative thought in policing.