The Secure Community Network- which works towards organizing the safety and security of the Jewish community across the US- has published an “Introduction to Judaism” guide for law enforcement officials to better understand the community they’re dealing with.
SCN is working with law-enforcement agencies and associations to distribute electronic and printed copies of the guide nationwide and states that “Introduction to Judaism for Law Enforcement Officers and Security Professionals” seeks to promote a greater understanding of the Jewish community by those who help protect it.
The guide provides information to help security personnel recognize the dynamic and diverse nature of the Jewish community in the United States; understand the historic nature of threats and attacks against the Jewish community; learn about Jewish denominations, organizations and facilities; and explore facets of Jewish ritual and culture.
Michael Mastronardy, sheriff of Ocean County, N.J, whose region includes the town of Lakewood, N.J., home to one of the largest Orthodox communities in the United States, said, “I look forward to sharing this important overview of Judaism with my public-safety colleagues. We appreciate SCN’s leadership role in promoting trust and partnership between public-safety professionals and the communities we serve.”
Also speaking of the guide, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said, “This guide will be a valuable resource to help our officers and staff better support the Jewish community. SCN has been an outstanding partner with law enforcement as we work together to combat antisemitism and preserve religious freedom.”