Washington, D.C., May 7, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today honored Montgomery County, MD Police Chief J. Thomas Manger with the ADL William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award in recognition of his distinguished career of public service and for preserving and defending our nation’s democratic values.
The award was presented by Adam Gerry, president of Granite Associates, Inc., grandson of William and Naomi Gorowitz and son of Alan Gerry who created the Institute and Award in memory of his late parents.
“Chief Manger’s commitment to the highest ethical standards, to transparency and accountability, and to building a department that reflects the diversity of the community it serves has fostered trust throughout the country,” Gerry said. “He is nationally recognized for his work building bridges with the Muslim and immigrant communities.
The presentation took place during ADL’s National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., a gathering of hundreds of the League’s leaders and activists from across the country. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fight against terrorism, extremism and injustice.
Manger’s department participates in the ADL’s Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust training program, run in partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The program examines the role of police under the Nazis and the implications of that history to law enforcement today, with a focus on the role of American law enforcement as protectors of our constitution and individual rights.
Manger has also been a presenter in ADL’s Advanced Training School on Extremist and Terrorist Threats, which is the League’s flagship training for law enforcement leaders from across the country.
His 41-year career in law enforcement began with the Fairfax County, VA Police Department, rising through the ranks to become chief in 1998. In 2004, he moved across the Potomac River to head Montgomery County’s Police Department.
The ADL William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute on Terrorism and Extremism advances the fight against terrorism through education and advocacy by providing timely information, cutting-edge training and educational opportunities to the law enforcement community. The Institute assists law enforcement by providing resources for tracking extremists and terrorists across the United States.
Past recipients of the award have included: former Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier, former Director of Central Intelligence and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; former U.S. Homeland Security Directors Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano; former CIA Director George Tenet, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.