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U.S. Department of Justice

 For Immediate Release
August 28, 2003


Program funded by grant draws on negative lessons from Holocaust to train police

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced a $100 thousand grant to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to support a joint ADL/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum program, Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust.

The training program draws on lessons learned from the Holocaust to challenge law enforcement officers to examine their relationship with the public, and explores issues related to the personal responsibility of officers to administer their authority in an ethical manner. Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust also encourages officers to see themselves as defenders of the Constitution and guardians against a repeat of the horrors of the Holocaust.

The training program was conceived when Washington, D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey visited the Holocaust Museum in 1998. Deeply impacted by what he saw, he asked the ADL and the Museum to develop a training program for his officers. Since that time, the program has become a required training component for nine Washington area law enforcement agencies, a mandatory part of training for all new FBI agents, and has trained more than 14,000 officers.

"Community policing is based, in part, on law enforcement officers understanding the cultural norms and needs of the specific communities they protect, and serving the citizens of those communities in an unbiased manner," said Carl R. Peed, COPS Director. "This program reinforces these professional values, and can be of great benefit to law enforcement agencies."

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide and supporting state and local law enforcement agencies. Since 1995, COPS has invested $9.6 billion to advance community policing, including nearly 32,000 grants awarded to almost 13,000 state and local law enforcement agencies to hire more than 116,000 officers.

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