A History of ADL’s Work with Law Enforcement:
- In 1981, ADL drafted the nation’s first model hate crime legislation. Today, forty-five states and the District of Columbia have laws based on or similar to it.
- In 1999, ADL and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum created the Law Enforcement and Society program to educate law enforcement on the lessons of the Holocaust and on how to apply those lessons to effectively safeguard democracy and protect against abuse of power.
- In 2003, ADL founded the Advanced Training School, which has provided education about extremism and terrorism for senior law enforcement from more than 250 agencies across the U.S.
- Also in 2003, ADL established the Leadership, Resilience and Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Israel to provide American law enforcement leaders with advanced education to enhance their effectiveness in preventing and responding to terrorist threats and violence.
- ADL chaired a coalition with more than 200 organizations that worked to get congress to enact the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) in 2009, providing new tools for the federal government to investigate and prosecute hate crimes targeting victims because of their race, religion, gender, national origin or sexual orientation.
- 15,000 law enforcement professionals have received comprehensive, in-depth training from ADL on core values, implicit bias, hate crimes, leadership skills, counter terrorism and extremist threats each year.
- 150,000 law enforcement professionals have participated in Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust since its inception in 1999. All new FBI agents must participate in this program as part of their training.
- 245 hate symbols have been tracked in ADL’s “Hate on Display” database contextualizing these symbols, tattoos and codes, helping law enforcement track extremism, terrorism and hate crimes.
- ADL has provided extremist-related information to law enforcement responding to 11,000 incidents.
- Experts from ADL’s Center on Extremism routinely testify as witnesses in trials and cases involving white supremacists and other extremists, regularly leading to convictions of those trying to do harm in our communities.