Cops go back to school with ADL’s tips on bias
by Jill Huber
NJJN Bureau Chief/Monmouth
September 18, 2008
The Anti-Defamation League launched the new school year with a hate crimes workshop for college security personnel.
Some 125 law enforcement personnel from 15 New Jersey colleges, along with representatives from another 42 state law enforcement agencies, took part in the Aug. 18 workshop at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.
The workshop presented a legal overview of hate crimes in New Jersey, hate symbols and their uses, homegrown jihad along with radicalization activity and case studies, extremist and digital media, and the rise of left-wing and such single-issue groups as radical environmentalists and animal rights groups.
“Campus law enforcement officials need the critical knowledge and tools to identify a hate crime and to respond effectively,” said ADL NJ regional director Etzion Neuer. “Because of a high number of incidents that occur at colleges, it is imperative that campus police and security officers are equipped with information on how to identify and respond to hatred and bigotry on campus.”
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office cosponsored the first-of-its-kind workshop.
“The ADL has conducted bias-crime training for law enforcement officials for many years,” Neuer told NJ Jewish News. “In the 1980s, we helped develop hate-crime legislation that has been used as a template for this type of legislation all over the country. Almost every state now has some level of hate-crime legislation on its books.”
In 2007, the ADL’s annual “Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents” revealed that the NJ region reported 21 incidents of campus-related anti-Semitism.
Monmouth County Prosecutor, Luis A. Valentin can be contacted here: