Campbell Law sponsors ethics training program for police, prosecutors

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RALEIGH, N.C – Campbell Law School and the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys will host a pivotal ethics training program for more than two dozen local law enforcement officers and prosecutors on May 10-11 as part of a larger effort to help improve ethical policing across the country.

The goal of the program is to seek to provide a sustainable training program for our justice community that promotes integrity and honors and protects basic human rights, said Dean J. Rich Leonard, who is one of 54 founding deans of the American Bar Association (ABA) Law School Police Practices Consortium and a member of its 10-dean steering committee.

Developed by public defenders and prosecutors in Arizona in collaboration with The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, “What You Do Matters” is one of the pivotal policing programs in the country. Leonard has worked with Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman to bring the Arizona trainers to the law school for a pilot session.

The course examines policing within the legal and political framework of Nazi Germany, providing important insight into the consequences that can occur when the government shifts the mission of police from protecting individuals to a policy of abusing basic human rights. Using historical images and stories from the Holocaust, the course uses trained facilitators to engage law enforcement officers and prosecutors in a dialogue about the role of law enforcement in today’s communities and the importance of core values in insuring the integrity and vibrancy of democracy.

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