Anti-Defamation League Honors LBPD Commander Josef Levy for Combating Hate

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Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate

Commander Josef Levy

The Long Beach Police Department is proud to announce that the Anti-Defamation League will be recognizing Long Beach Police Commander Josef Levy with the Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate. The Sherwood Prize is awarded to law enforcement personnel who are committed to combating extremism, hatred, and bigotry, and make a significant difference in their communities.

Cmdr. Levy has dedicated himself to improving human relations and building inclusive communities. For two decades, he has delivered human relations and hate crime training across the country and has trained thousands of law enforcement and educator professionals on issues surrounding hate crimes, cultural diversity, and racial profiling. He speaks regularly on the local, state, federal and international level, training delegations from Canada, France, Germany and Russia.

He was an early pioneer of the L.B.P.D.’s Human Relations training program, a staunch supporter of police and youth dialogues, and a volunteer trainer for the City of Long Beach’s Human Dignity Program which trains community leaders in hate crime response. Cmdr Levy is credited with helping to dismantle stereotypes in some of Long Beach’s toughest neighborhoods and working to improve police-community relations.

Commander Levy is a 26-year veteran of the Police Department, rising through the ranks and was promoted to the rank of Commander in June of 2010. He is currently assigned to the West Patrol Division.

“This year’s honorees exemplify the importance of protecting our communities while at the same time respecting our constitutional rights and our commitment to seek justice and fair treatment for all,” said Amanda Susskind, Director of ADL’s Pacific Southwest Region. “We have a unique partnership with the law enforcement community, working together on hate incidents and hate crimes, extremist and terrorist threats, and sharing intelligence about haters.”

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell stated, “Commander Levy exemplifies the finest in what a true humanitarian does. He has a true passion and commitment for improving human relations that is reflected through his many years of service and that is highly commendable.”

The event will take place today, March 9, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles.

For further event and ticket information, contact the Anti-Defamation League at (310) 446-8000 or visit their website at

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