Law Enforcement Training Program


The Law Enforcement Training Program is a collaborative program between the Center, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. This one-of-a-kind initiative sends 50 local law enforcement officers and administrators to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, for a two-day intensive training session on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights.

Detective David D'Amico of the Bias Crimes Unit in the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Center Director of Education Jane Denny, and Executive Director Dale Daniels begin instruction in a half-day workshop at the Brookdale Community College campus providing the officers with background material. They then accompany the group to Washington where they co-teach the program with the Museum staff.

The training uses the resources of the Museum, especially the permanent exhibit, as a means of sensitizing the officers to their responsibilities in a democratic society that has become very diverse. To date, 300 members of the law enforcement community have been trained in this program. This is a powerful experience that makes the participants reflect deeply on their work and their role in society.

One officer shared his reflections on the experience:

Our training has given us the insight from a historical perspective that we must be a proactive society in order to rein in hate. We must memorialize the heinous crimes associated with bigotry, hate and prejudices so that they may serve as a reminder that "they have no limit."

Each of has been empowered to spread our knowledge and stand fast in the face of injustice. We shall not falter as we've just heard millions of voices today through works, photographs, and artifacts ... all begging us ... don't forget.

 

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