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  • June 13, 2019





(St. Louis) June 11- ADL Heartland announces that Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert “Bob” Rice; Retired St. Louis City Metropolitan Police Detective Brian Naeger; and the Ramiz Zijad Hodzic investigation and prosecution team consisting of Assistant US Attorney Matthew Drake, Assistant US Attorney Kenneth Tihen, Assistant US Attorney Howard Marcus, Legal Assistant Julia Hurst, FBI Special Agent Melissa Fair, FBI Linguist Samir Taslaman, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Detective Joseph Cichacki are the recipients of ADL’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award.  The Awards recognize law enforcement representatives who distinguished themselves in the investigation and/or prosecution of hate crimes, bias incidents, domestic or international terrorism, or in the protection of civil rights.

Prosecuting Attorney Robert “Bob” Rice was selected to highlight his successful prosecution and community response to a hate crime committed in Nodaway County in 2015. Retired Detective Brian Naeger is being honored for his commitment and years of exemplary service to the St. Louis community.  The Hodzic investigation and prosecution team were selected to highlight the exceptional work done in our region to fight terrorism both domestically and abroad.

ADL has long believed that one its most valued partners in efforts to fight bigotry is America’s law enforcement community. Regional Director Karen Aroesty shares that, “Highlighting strong police work in hate crime and bias and counter-terrorism work is important. Those in targeted communities need to know when prosecutors and police are allies when these incidents happen. On the counter-terrorism front, vigilance and shared efforts from police and community could not be more necessary at this unique moment in time. We are so glad to lift up those who work everyday to protect us.”

The Distinguished Service Awards will be presented in partnership with the Summer Conference of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association on Monday, June 24, 2019, from 11:45- 1 pm at Tan-Tar-A Lake of the Ozarks.

ADL works through education, advocacy and with law enforcement to meet its mission of protecting the Jewish community and securing justice and freedom for all.  ADL is the largest non-governmental organization offering police education on domestic and international terrorism, extremism and hate/bias crime.  Regionally, police engage in a number of programs, including: Managing Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust with the St. Louis Holocaust Museum, ADL’s Advanced Training School (ATS) in Washington, DC, the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) in Israel and general education on extremism in the Heartland.  ADL’s largest education platform is the A World of Difference® Institute.  With an experienced cadre of anti-bias educators, it has created unique and collaborative approaches to anti-bias learning.  ADL engages more than 4500 students, teachers, police, and others annually in Missouri, Eastern Kansas, and Southern Illinois.

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