Chief Charles H. Ramsey, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC
Chief Ramsey established a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to create a training program for his police recruits.
The program provides law enforcement officers with a history of the Holocaust and offers them an opportunity to examine and understand their personal and professional responsibilities in our pluralistic democracy.
Chief Ramsey now requires this one-day training for all Metropolitan recruits. As a direct result of his vision of the need for this type of training, the acclaimed program has been expanded to other local and federal agencies: (in Maryland), Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore Counties' Police Departments, and the City of Baltimore Police Department; (in Virginia) the Fairfax County Police Department; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Officers Frank Caruso and George Kaiser, Garden Grove, CA, Police Department
The efforts of Officers Frank Caruso and George Kaiser clearly demonstrate their commitment to all the people and the communities they serve through their thorough investigative commitment and unbiased delivery of police services. Due to their dedicated policing efforts, the Garden Grove's Hispanic community views their actions as a foundation on which to build a trusting relationship with the police department. As a direct result of their professional and unbiased handling of an investigation stemming from a resident's complaint, the police department and several Hispanic community groups are working together to prevent issues before they can become problems.
Chief Alana M. Ennis, Burlington, Vermont, Police Department
Although the state of Vermont has one of the smaller minority populations in the country, the city of Burlington has seen a significant change in demographics. As a refugee resettlement community, Burlington has experienced a rapid change to a culturally diverse population. To proactively address these changes, Chief Ennis contacted several entities to provide the department with cultural understanding training.
As a result of her efforts to address an increasing need by the residents of the Burlington community, Governor Howard Dean of Vermont was brought into the statewide effort. Through the assistance of Chief Ennis, among others, Governor Dean convened the "Governor's Summit on Racial and Ethnic Diversity,"a one-day workshop at the State Capital in December 2000.
Jefferson County Police Department, Louisville, Kentucky
The Jefferson County, Kentucky, Police Department's efforts against biased-based policing and improving cooperation between the police and the communities served are being rewarded. At a time when the media gravitates to incidents of negative conduct on the part of law enforcement, a newspaper article sought to reflect the communities served by the Jefferson County Police Department by stating, "The WILLINGNESS of the Jefferson County police department to monitor itself for evidence of racial profiling is heartening…"
Under the guidance of Chief William Carcara, the department has instituted an overall proactive program that has sought to reduce civil rights and hate crime violations while promoting public trust and confidence in policing.