Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust
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Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust

Posted: March 19, 2009

The Anti-Defamation League, in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) conducted a Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS) training for the FBI's National Executive Institute.


Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS): Lessons of the Holocaust is an innovative training program organized in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  The program was created in 1998 at the request of then chief of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Charles H. Ramsey.  The program draws on the history of the Holocaust to provide law enforcement professionals with an increased understanding of their relationship to the people they serve and their role as protectors of the Constitution.

The day long program incorporates a visit to the Museum, followed by a discussion of the implications of the Holocaust for modern day law enforcement professionals.  Participants examine modern policing against the backdrop of the role of law enforcement in the Holocaust.  

In March 2009, members of the FBI's National Executive Institute (NEI), the executive training program designed for the chief executive officers of the nation's largest municipal, county, and state law enforcement organizations and their federal and international counterparts, participated in the program.

LEAS has now trained more than 45,000 law enforcement professionals. The program is a required part of training for all new FBI New Agents and Intelligence Analysts, and has been incorporated into three of the FBI Academy's premier training programs: the National Executive Institute (NEI); the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), and Law Enforcement in Counterterrorism (LINCT).  The ADL and the USHMM recently received the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award in recognition of the LEAS program.

It is not only the FBI, Washington DC Metropolitan Police and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement that have participated in the program. Recruits, veteran officers and commanders of more than twenty state and local agencies regularly participate in LEAS.  It has been incorporated into the training for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supervisors, and, under a grant from the Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services Office, LEAS programs have also been established in Houston and St. Louis.

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