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Letter: Holocaust training involved good partners

EDITOR:

Thank you for your story covering "What You Do Matters" training of local law enforcement based upon lessons from the Holocaust. This unique training would not be possible without the vision and leadership of the Jewish Community Foundation for the Greater Prescott Area (JCF) and the partnership of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM.)

What began as a trip, sponsored by JCF, of local civic leaders to Washington D.C. in 2006 progressed into a long-term relationship that has immensely benefited Yavapai County. Educators from the USHMM developed this law enforcement training and worked closely with us as we identified methods to bring the training from the Museum to our local agencies. Through their outreach, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is shaping and guiding criminal justice professionals across Arizona, including our judges and lawyers.

Dr. David Hess, President of JCF, and his wife Pamela Jones, have enthusiastically rolled up their sleeves and worked many long hours on the details of our Yavapai County program, ensuring absolute integrity to the history and developing professional class materials for our students. David and Pamela are wonderful, dedicated partners who bring vision, intellect and creativity to the table and generously give of their time, energy and resources.

The Jewish Community Foundation for the Greater Prescott Area continues to positively impact and influence Prescott and our environs far beyond the size of the organization. I have witnessed this influence over the past several years as their programs reach and speak to our residents in previously unseen ways. Our communities are better because of the JCF.

Sheila Sullivan Polk

Yavapai County Attorney

Prescott

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