WHY...

Hate and intolerance are at the root of many problems in Los Angeles County today. Furthermore, many people who are not seized by hatred of other groups are nevertheless silent about their objection to the hate and intolerance of others. The world has reached the point where standing by, merely silently decrying hate, is not enough. Aside from the obvious world problems caused by hate and intolerance, Los Angeles County itself suffers from the insidious effects of hate crimes. The Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction is victimized by around 300 reported hate crimes annually.

WHAT...

The S.H.A.R.E. Tolerance program has been created to educate members of the community, particularly our youth, regarding the dangers of hate and intolerance. It was conceived and developed by deputy sheriffs who care about the problem and wanted to do something effective about it.

HOW...

Utilizing a custom-built mobile theater, uniformed deputies show a 35 minute documentary film about hate crimes to groups of up to 24 people at a time. Afterwards, the deputies facilitate a 60-90 minute discussion about the film, the issues it presents, and the challenges of combating hate and intolerance.

WHO...

A key element of the program is the fact that it harnesses the credibility and leadership qualities of deputy sheriffs in spreading a vital message that has not previously been sufficiently emphasized by law enforcement. Line deputy sheriffs are volunteering to make the presentations about tolerance and respect for others regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, etc. The goal is to develop leadership about tolerance and the appreciation of diversity among humanity, with the ultimate result being a reduction in hate crimes and an increase in peaceful, respectful interpersonal relations among people in Los Angeles County and the world beyond.

WHERE...

Since October, 2008, presentations have been scheduled at Los Angeles County high schools on a regular basis. The trailer has also frequently been taken to community events.

SO WHAT?...

Community members, school administrators, teachers, government officials and a host of others have expressed overwhelming support for the concept and the way the program carries the message.

The S.H.A.R.E. Tolerance program is a unique, first of its kind approach to combating hate and intolerance. By educating our youth today, we are changing attitudes for the future, debunking the stereotypes of the past, and enhancing the quality of life for all in Los Angeles County.

 


 
 

 
 
 
 
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