Programs for Law Enforcement

About Tools for Tolerance® for Law Enforcement

“One of the best training courses that I’ve ever attended in my 15+ years of experience with the NYPD. This course should extend to all officers, especially those on patrol”

“(The MOTNY) provides a powerful learning environment, not only for professional training, but for life overall”

The Museum of Tolerance NewYork provides trainings for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals through the Tools for Tolerance program. These day-long trainings utilize the state-of-the-art multimedia exhibits at the MOTNY to help reinforce the attitudes and skills necessary for good policing. The programs focus on themes of diversity, tolerance, prejudice, and the challenges facing law enforcement in a post-9/11 world. The content of the programs are uniquely tailored to the specific needs of new and seasoned police officers and the training facility creates an extraordinary learning environment to help participants explore important issues. The fundamental goal of our training program is to increase understanding, break down stereotypes and prejudices and end discrimination in all its forms.

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Currently, the MOTNY is offering three courses through its Tools for Tolerance® for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Professionals Program:

 Course Offerings:

Command Staff
Leadership Initiatives for Command Staff

This program brings together national command level professionals to address the unique challenges facing today’s law enforcement leadership. Driven by participants’ concerns, which have included: building trust across diverse communities, working with multi-generational employees (Generations X,Y, Z), and recruitment and retention of qualified personnel, this training guides Command Staff to craft appropriate responses to complex issues. In an ethics-based approach, participants will explore new dimensions of leadership and develop tools that translate theory into practice.

Building Community Trust
Building Community Trust in a Diverse Post-9/11 Environment.

This is an innovative, day-long program that examines the process of trust-building given the new complexities facing the criminal justice system. In the post 9/11 environment it is imperative that all parts of the system work together to prevent terrorism and other forms of extremism. Prevention requires the vigilance and cooperation of communities. Never before has trust between the community and the criminal justice system been so necessary. By introducing models such a “Dimensions of Trust” and “Spectrum of Tolerance,” among others, we look at the nature of trust and how to increase it in an environment of great diversity. 

Tools for Tolerance for Supervising Line Staff
Tools for Tolerance® for Supervising Line Staff.

Both command and line-level personnel often remarked that one of the most influential groups of people in an agency is the first-line supervisor. They have the ability to influence how policies and procedures are perceived and applied. However, first-line supervisors also find themselves in the unenviable position of being sandwiched between the great expectations of leadership and perceptions of power and accountability from subordinates.

As new leaders, they have to forge different relationships with individuals who used to be colleagues within an environment of limited authority. The first-line supervisor is an extremely challenging position. Drawing upon the models of the current Tools for Tolerance® for Command Staff program offered at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, this presentation assists supervisors to gain expertise in certain leadership skills and to infuse those skills in a para-military organizational structure.

Perspectives on Profiling
Perspectives on Profiling- Effective Policing Tool or Weapon of Bias?

Increased media scrutiny and public fear intensify law enforcement’s challenge to strengthen security without jeopardizing individual and community trust and freedom. September 11th has forced a change in profiling strategies, but must not be allowed to feed a culture of bias. This interactive program uses cutting edge technology to provide law enforcement with an innovative tool to hone their ethical decision making skills and meet this complex challenge. Program objectives cover the significant issues concerning racial profiling including, definitions and legal issues; how to differentiate criminal profiling from racial profiling; and challenging police officers to examine areas of hidden bias personally and among their peers.

Protecting the Dignity of the Corrections Officer.

This innovative program focuses on the role that dignity plays in redefining the environment that corrections officers work in. There is a high degree of physical danger in the corrections field and it is important to minimize those dangers. However, there is also a danger that the corrections environment poses to the officer's human dignity and soul. Protecting the Dignity of the Corrections Officer is a day-long program that explores the nature of these non-physical dangers. The program introduces models such as the Values-Ethic Gap, the Spectrum of Tolerance, a new Definition of Dignity, and other innovative tools that will help participants protect their humanity and personal dignity within this challenging environment. 

Programs range from basic one-day cultural awareness programs to advanced initiatives.

For more information please click on the specific programs listed to the right or please contact us at:

Museum of Tolerance New York - (212) 697-1180 or email us.

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