Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust
The Holocaust for Humanity Center engages with law enforcement to learn about the role of police in Nazi Germany and to reflect on their role in a democratic society today. Officers will learn to build more positive relationships with specific communities within areas they serve by understanding how biases, stereotypes, and a lack of understanding about varying cultural norms negatively impacts police interactions with the public.
This course is split into three parts that introduces the audience to the role of law enforcement during the Holocaust and the role law enforcement plays in society. In the first part, students are introduced to the Holocaust Center for Humanity, the course instructors, and will go through a virtual tour of the Center. In the second part, students will examine the role of law enforcement during the Holocaust. They will be asked to critically think about various scenarios by way of photo analysis and discussion. In the third part of the course students will go through a guided lecture and discussion about the role of law enforcement in today’s society, and more specifically their role in law enforcement and the communities they serve. Several questions will be asked to facilitate self-reflection and group discussion.
To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis.
Upcoming classes are listed below. Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class. Selections will be completed five days prior to the class; those accepted into the class will receive a notification at that time.
Who can attend our classes?This course is open to all peace officers certified in Washington state.
Required EquipmentTo attend this course, students must have a computer with audio and video capabilities, and an internet connection. Content, websites, videos, and other course materials are embedded into the course. Student computers must be able to open and operate Zoom.
Students attending training with the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus.
Students not wearing agency identification can attend classes in business casual attire.
Regular course sessions will run from 1500-1730. If a session is an “Evening Session,” the course will run from 1800-2030. This will ensure that officers with varying shifts have opportunity to attend the course. The session dates are posted below.