The LASD Stop Hate and Respect Everyone (S.H.A.R.E.) Tolerance Program has won the "Excellence and Innovation" Award from the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County.
The S.H.A.R.E. Tolerance Program was developed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Region I (northern L.A. County) personnel in an effort to positively impact the estimated 8,000 hate crimes occurring annually within Los Angeles County.
The program consists of a mobile learning platform with state of the art audio and visual equipment which can accommodate an audience of 26 and be delivered to virtually any venue.
S.H.A.R.E. participants are then delivered a thought provoking video and facilitated discussion which is aimed at garnering personal insight and introspection. To date thousands of people have benefited from this valuable message and since the program’s inception reported hate crimes have declined some 28%.
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“Deputy Sheriffs and police officers have the public’s trust, they have leadership skills, and they care. S.H.A.R.E. Tolerance is a great example of our Department’s Core Values that each of us displays the courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and bigotry in all its forms,” said Sheriff Lee Baca.
The mission of the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC) is to lead, train, facilitate, inspire and advocate on behalf of federal state, county and local law enforcement agencies and private sector security professionals to maximize safety.