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ADL Conducts Law Enforcement Training in Georgia and Nevada

Posted: March 10, 2004

The Anti-Defamation League recently conducted a number of extremism and hate crime training events for law enforcement officials in Georgia and Nevada.

Extremism Training at Georgia Law Enforcement Academy

On March 5, 2004, ADL contributed its resources and expertise to an in-depth hate crime training class at the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy. The class, the only one of its kind available in Georgia, brought together 40 law enforcement officials from a wide range of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

At the training an ADL expert provided a detailed presentation on current trends in extremism as well as insights into the ideology of Right-Wing extremist groups active in America. ADL is a regular participant in the hate crime training sessions that are held twice a year at the Academy.

Law enforcement participants in this most recent session included officials from the Georgia Tech Police Department, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Fulton County, Cobb County, Paulding County, and Carroll County Sheriff's Offices.

According to Sergeant Tony Leonard of the Smyrna Police Department, "ADL has been a great resource for the Hate/Bias Crimes class I teach to law enforcement. Their extremely knowledgeable staff are experts on the latest extremist group trends and activities, and the materials they provide to officers and departments are invaluable for training officers to recognize extremist group members and activity during patrol or investigations."

Each law enforcement official in attendance received a copy of Extremism in America, ADL's encyclopedia of extremists groups and leaders, and Hate on Display, a guide to help identify extremist symbols, logos, and tattoos.

Extremism and Hate Crime Trainings in Nevada

In response to extremist activities in Nevada, the Anti-Defamation League also recently conducted two important training events for federal, state, and local law enforcement in Las Vegas and Reno.

The first event involved over 30 representatives from various law enforcement agencies including the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, United States Attorney's Office, Bureau of Land Management, and the Las Vegas Metro Police. Held in Las Vegas, the training focused on current trends in extremist activity and ideology, as well as how to identify extremists through their use of symbols, logos, and tattoos.

According to Sharon Lever, Assistant United States Attorney in Las Vegas, "when agencies such as ADL put on training, not only does law enforcement gather valuable information, but the training also offers an opportunity for law enforcement to network and share information and ideas with each other and members of the community."

ADL's training was so well received that the Nevada law enforcement community requested a second full day of training in Reno. At the Reno event, 75 officials from 40 different agencies received training on extremism and hate crimes from ADL experts. 20 police cadets also attended the session on hate crimes in order improve their ability to identify, report, and effectively respond to incidents of hate violence.

ADL's "efforts to train law enforcement and intelligence personnel on current activity and trends related to extremism in Nevada are sincerely appreciated," said Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

ADL is one of the few non-governmental organizations that regularly provide information and training on domestic extremism and international terrorism to law enforcement. Please contact us to request ADL training or to learn more about our programs for local, state, and federal law enforcement.


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