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, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Pasco Sheriff’s Office, DHS, state attorneys, 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 200,000 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 Director of Education & Research
- A discussion of the professional and personal responsibilities of law enforcement professionals in American society today – led by the ADL facilitators
- To book a LEAS program for your agency, contact Ursula Szczepinska, Director of Education & Research at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quotes from LEAS participants
Clearwater and St. Petersburg PD Responses
After attending LEAS at our Museum, Major David Dalton from Clearwater Police Department volunteered to recruit participants from the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association. Thanks to his efforts, we hosted representatives from several local agencies. Major Dalton recently received the Anti-Defamation League’s law enforcement award for “his commitment to ensuring that law enforcement personnel adhere to the highest standards of policing while treating all citizens fairly and with respect.”
Chief Anthony Holloway from St. Petersburg Police Department discusses the significance of LEAS
In this video, Major Dalton explains the importance of LEAS.
Hear from LEAS participants representing St. Petersburg Police Department: Sgt. Deary and Ofc. Regan
LEAS in the Media
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