Austria Renews and Expands ADL's Anti-Bias Training For Law Enforcement
Vienna, September 12, 2006…The Austrian government has renewed a contract with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to continue and expand the League's anti-bias educational training program for law enforcement.
At the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of the Interior, Liese Prokop, Minister of Interior, said the goal was for "our police officers to have an unprejudiced approach to their jobs." Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, applauded the Austrians "for recognizing the need and acting to bring about positive results."
A Holocaust survivor, Mr. Foxman said a society's civility can often be measured by the actions of its law enforcement. Too often, those actions can become part of the problem rather than the solution. "The leadership of the Austrian government and its commitment to prejudice-free police professionals at all levels is to be commended."
Since 2001, through its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias training programs, ADL has developed a cadre of facilitators who deliver 40 two-day trainings a year, reaching all nine provinces in Austria, and reaching all levels of law enforcement professionals -- Austrian Police, administrative staff and offices dealing with asylum seekers. The training is mandatory and includes the police academies. All new police recruits go through the two-day training. The new contract runs through 2009.
Mr. Foxman also had a series of meetings with top Austrian leaders and officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In discussions with Federal President Heinz Fischer, Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik, State Secretary Hans Winkler, Romanian Ambassador to the OSCE Liviu Bota and U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Julie Finley, Mr. Foxman raised the issues of Hamas, Hezbollah, Israel, the Iranian nuclear threat, the genocide in Darfur, and anti-Semitism in Austria and Europe.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.