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10/1/2013 2:19:00 PM
Cottonwood Council recognized for support
County Attorney and Philadelphia police commissioner honored for ethics training
Cottonwood City Council and Manager Doug Bartosh with Participation Tribute ... Photos Courtesy
Cottonwood City Council and Manager Doug Bartosh with Participation Tribute ... Photos Courtesy

Doug Bartosh
Cottonwood City Manager

PRESCOTT -- The Cottonwood Council has been celebrated along with its manager, Doug Bartosh, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk and Charles H. Ramsey, Chief of the Metropolitan Police of the D.C.

Polk and Ramsey were presented with the inaugural Guardian of Freedom awards by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), The honors were presented at the "What You Do Matters" Awards Dinner of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott Tuesday night.

Ramsey and Polk were honored for their work in developing ethics training within their organizations.

Ramsey, at the time commissioner for the Metropolitan D.C. police department from 1998 until 2006, was invited to tour the Holocaust Museum. He was shocked to realize the role that police played in the Holocaust when police are to "serve and protect the citizens." Working with Lynn Williams of the Museum, Ramsey spurred development of a course to explore lessons of the Holocaust within policing. Ramsey's course has since become a standard for many law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Capital Police and U.S. ICE. Since its inception, the course has trained an estimated 80,000 law enforcement professions.

Polk toured the Museum in 2005 and participated in Ramsey's course. She later recalled, "By the time I had finished, I went from believing the Holocaust had nothing to do with me and my role as a county attorney, prosecutor and person to believing that all prosecutors should have the opportunity to take the course."

During the next seven years, Polk presented the course to the Arizona Prosecutors Summer Conference. Having seen the impact of the course, the attorney for the State Supreme court suggested the course be prepared for all judges. In 2008, 700 judges were presented with the course, "How the Courts Failed in Nazi Germany."

In 2009, the USHMM presented the judges program to the Chief Justices of the 50 states at the Summer Conference of Judges. Twenty-four of those chief justices then requested the course be presented in their home states.

A $1 million gift has allowed the judges' program to reach more than 10,000 judges and staff during the past three years.

Polk returned her attention to Yavapai County in 2010 and developed a program along with Cottonwood City Manager Bartosh, the Museum and Jewish Foundation, called "What You Do Matters: Lessons from the Holocaust," using portable exhibits, without having to travel to the Holocaust Museum. The program has now been presented to most law enforcement in Yavapai County and has been offered to agencies around Arizona.

In February 2014, the program will be presented to the Western States Sheriffs Association.

Tuesday, Ramsey and Polk were presented with the inaugural Guardians of Freedom Awards, the Cottonwood Council was presented with a USHMM Partnership Tribute.

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