Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust program (LEAS)
The Florida Holocaust Museum, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, provides the Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust program (LEAS) to police agencies in Florida. Tampa Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in Florida to adopt this highly acclaimed course as part of its curriculum in 2014. Since 2014, we have trained all officers from Tampa Police Department and St. Petersburg Police Department. We have also trained command staff from Miami PD and representatives from Clearwater PD, Tallahassee PD, Gainesville PD, Largo PD, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, TIA (Tampa Airport), Gulfport PD, Dade City PD, Temple Terrace PD, Bradenton PD, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI.
The goal of the program is to investigate the role German police played during the Holocaust and examine the role of law enforcement in a democracy today. The program was established by the USHMM and ADL in 1999 in Washington D.C., and is suitable for recruit, in-service, and command professionals in law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels. This unique ethics program has reached over 130,000 officers from the United States and 94 countries worldwide.
Each LEAS program includes:
– a tour of The FHM’s core exhibition with specially trained docents or a virtual tour of The FHM’s core exhibition (when the program is held outside of the Museum)
– a discussion of the role of police in Nazi Germany and the occupied territories – led by the FHM’s Curator of Education & Director of Research
– a discussion of the professional and personal responsibilities of law enforcement professionals in American society today – led by the ADL facilitators
Quotes from LEAS participants:
Images courtesy of Tampa Bay Times
Miami PD Chief Jorge Colina with LEAS facilitators Ursula Szczepinska from The FHM and Yael Hershfield from the ADL, as well as Elizabeth Gelman – The FHM’s Executive Director and ADL staff members. Photo credit: Commander Freddie Cruz
Hear from LEAS participants representing
St. Petersburg Police Department:
Sgt. Deary and Ofc. Regan