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ADL To Honor St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
July 31, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Join us to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the ADL’s Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust, and honor the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, our first law enforcement partner in the program.
Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust (LEAS) provides law enforcement professionals with a deeper understanding of the relationship between police and the people they serve, and their role as protectors of the constitution and of individual rights. By examining the Holocaust, police learn about the dangers that anti-Semitism, bigotry and bias pose to all. The program has assumed a new level of urgency in light of the events in Ferguson and beyond as law enforcement agencies confront emerging challenges. LEAS was created through the ADL with the vision of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Chair of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing. As a leading civil rights and human relations organization with vast experience in working with law enforcement, the Anti-Defamation League is uniquely positioned to assist in addressing issues affecting law enforcement and increasing diverse communities.
LEAS is a collaboration between the ADL and the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. It began as a pilot program in 2004 with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department through a grant from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services division. The pilot received overwhelming support and was fully launched in the St. Louis region in 2005. Participating officers receive:
1. An examination of the history of the Holocaust prior to the 1930’s
2. A docent-guided tour through the Museum’s permanent collection.
3. A facilitated discussion by Museum historians on the changing role of police under the Nazis, and the transformation of police from neutral professionals to active participants in genocide
4. An examination led by ADL on
• Implications of the history to law enforcement today
• Active review of their relationship to the people they serve
• Examination of the checks and balanced that prevent abuse
• Core values of law enforcement and connection to core principals of the nation
LEAS provides officers with an understanding of just how important is their sacrifice and dedication to fair and impartial policing in a democratic society.
Since April 2005, more than 3,000 cadets and veterans have experienced LEAS. In post program evaluations, more than 95% of participants have “highly recommended” the program to their colleagues. Anecdotal responses give us insight into both successes and challenges in presenting the program:
• “Reminds me to always be fair and consistent in my decisions regardless of race beliefs, etc. Although the education…was to the extreme, it was good”
• “…shows correlation between Nazi police following and ideology that led the way from true goals of policing”
• “It makes you realize that one person can make a difference in the community – no matter how small”
• “The chronology of the rise of the Nazi Regime and the role of law enforcement is an excellent motivation to review our personal prejudices…the program speaks to the moral foundation that must be present to become an effective police officer”
The collaboration between law enforcement, ADL and HMLC has been extremely successful. The program is certified by Missouri Peace Office Standards and Training for 1 hour of interpersonal skills and 3 hours of racial profiling required continuing education credit for police in Missouri.