October 26, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will honor Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Charles Ramsey for his contributions to the community and his leadership in bringing Holocaust education to the MPD through the “Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons From the Holocaust” program developed on his recommendation by the Museum and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The program brings all MPD officers and cadets to the Museum for training. The Washington Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
“Chief Ramsey saw that Holocaust history had unique implications for law enforcement professionals— implications that we had not fully realized,” says Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “His insights into this history allowed the Museum and the ADL to develop an innovative training program for his department, one that is now being expanded to other American cities. We are grateful for his leadership and for being such a committed partner in Holocaust education.”
Since its inception in 1999, “Law Enforcement and Society” has served as a model for other Museum programs reaching decision makers nationwide. The Museum has developed specialized education programs for members of the military, judges, State Department officials, and others. “Law Enforcement and Society” has provided a foundation for bringing the lessons of the Holocaust to those who play vital roles in defending individual liberties both at home and abroad.
Shortly after arriving in Washington, Chief Ramsey visited the Museum at the invitation of representatives from the ADL. He later requested that the Museum and ADL develop a training program for the department. In the resulting “Law Enforcement and Society,” MPD officers explore Holocaust history and the role of the German police in the persecution and murder of Jews and others during the Nazi regime. In contrasting the role of police in Nazi Germany as opposed to that of a democracy, officers reflect on their unique role as protectors of individual liberty and what can happen when they fail in that mission.
“Law Enforcement and Society” has since been expanded to include more than a dozen other departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More than 20,000 officers and recruits, and more than 4,000 FBI agents, have participated in the training program.
In addition to Chief Ramsey, speakers at the Washington Dinner include U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer and Fred S. Zeidman, Chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Chief Gainer formerly served under Chief Ramsey in the MPD when the “Law Enforcement and Society” program was developed. After becoming Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, he made the program a part of that department’s training program.
Washington Dinner Event Chairs are Washingtonians Dottie Bennett and Richard Morton, and Amy and Alan Meltzer.
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