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ADL National Civil Rights Counsel Trains Stamford Police on Hate Crimes
By United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:56:43 AM

STAMFORD, CT - Fifty Sergeants from the Stamford Police Force gathered Wednesday morning to learn more about hate crimes and their unique impact on marginalized communities. The training was organized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien (UJF). ADL National Civil Rights Counsel Melissa Garlick presented on the history, legal status and impact of hate crimes in America. ADL Regional Director Steve Ginsburg also spoke about what his office has seen in Stamford and in Connecticut more broadly andLauren Steinberg, Director of the UJF’s Jewish Community Relations Council, spoke about her organization’s work connecting the local Jewish community with law enforcement and providing resources for security and safety...

Garlick spoke to the fact the damage done by hate crimes cannot be measured solely in terms of physical injury or dollars and cents. Hate crimes may effectively intimidate other members of the victim's community, leaving them feeling isolated, vulnerable, and unprotected by the law. By making members of minority communities fearful, angry, and suspicious of other groups – and of the power structure that is supposed to protect them – these incidents can damage the fabric of our society and fragment communities.

“The ADL is one of my first calls after these kinds of crimes,” said Stamford Police Chief Jonathan Fontneau. “We’ve been lucky to have them here for a couple trainings in the last two years and there’s a great response to their knowledge and professionalism. We also work closely with UJF, so this training was real benefit for my department and a real no brainer to agree to. From getting training from the ADL in Israel to working with them here in Connecticut, it’s been a successful and beneficial partnership.”

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