For more than 100 years, ADL has been working to fight anti-Semitism, hate and bigotry within our society. The way we accomplish this has taken many forms: partnering with schools to teach students to be allies; helping public and private sectors to reduce bias and stereotyping; building bridges between interfaith groups; sharing our expertise in fighting extremism and hate crimes with law enforcement; collaborating with NGOs and working with policymakers from all backgrounds.
ADL understands that democracy cannot flourish without law enforcement. We provide officials with a full spectrum of resources and expertise to address the challenges of 21st century policing while prioritizing our utmost commitment to civil rights. Our dual role as the world’s leading anti-hate organization and an organization with a deep understanding of law enforcement gives us the ability to provide a singular level of expertise and full range of training and services which law enforcement cannot find anywhere else.
ADL Works with Law Enforcement in:
- Assisting them to protect people and communities from hate, extremism and terrorism.
- Increasing their understanding of their role as guardians of the Constitution and individual rights and liberties.
- Challenging them to look at the implicit biases that they bring to their work and to treat each person with dignity, respect, fairness and compassion.
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 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.
ADL is recognized as the nation’s top non-governmental law enforcement training organization on issues of implicit bias, hate crimes, extremism and community security. This work is designed to keep vulnerable communities safe and improve trust between law enforcement and those they serve.
The full-day program examines the history of the Holocaust and its lessons for law enforcement today. This nationally acclaimed training program runs in nine major cities across the U.S. and has trained more than 130,000 law enforcement personnel from across the country.
This three-day course in Washington provides law enforcement leaders with information on the full spectrum of domestic and international terrorist threats, tactics and movements, as well as the evolving nature of terrorism and how to combat it.
This week-long seminar in Israel provides a select number of senior American law enforcement leaders with insight into how Israel responds to terrorism, including best practices in information sharing, building societal resilience and quickly returning the country to a normal state of operations.
Managing Implicit Bias helps law enforcement participants understand the science, key terminology and concepts behind implicit bias and reduce its influence on their work.
Hate Crimes Training
Hate crime laws are only effective when law enforcement has the tools to enforce them. ADL provides training to increase law enforcement’s understanding of the unique nature of hate crimes, the relevant federal, state and local statutes, and the impact that they have on victims and their communities.
Training on Extremism and Terrorism
Through identifying, exposing and disrupting hate crimes and extremist activity with the research of ADL’s Center on Extremism, this training provides law enforcement with a comprehensive understanding of: what motivates extremists and how they communicate, the practical skills to respond to emerging threats and the rapidly evolving terror tactics online and on the ground from across the ideological spectrum.
- 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.
- 130,000 law enforcement professionals have participated in Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust. 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.
- 85% of participants in ADL’s Managing Implicit Bias training say they feel better equipped to manage unconscious bias.
- 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.