Sheriff Champagne Attends International March of the Living

New Brunswick, N.J. (May 2024) — An intercontinental delegation of chiefs of police and senior law enforcement executives will convene in Krakow, Poland, to participate in the International March of the Living, a formal remembrance of the horrors of the Holocaust. The annual event, which began in 1988, takes place this year on 6 May 2024.

The inclusion of senior law enforcement executives is a joint effort of the International March of the Living (MOTL) and the Miller Center on Policing and Community Resilience at Rutgers University (Miller Center), with support from major law enforcement associations such as the National Sheriffs’ Association, EUROPOL, GCLETE, and academic institutions including the Eagleton Institute of Politics and University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute. The law enforcement executives will join with heads of state, government officials, students, and other members of civil society in a demonstration of their commitment to countering antisemitism and hatred and targeted violence against all vulnerable communities. The mission will be filmed with the footage utilized to further develop five modules of training materials for law enforcement officials.

Senior law enforcement executives representing Canada, the European Union, the United States, New Jersey State Police, the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, will march from Auschwitz to Birkenau alongside thousands of other participants. The delegation will also include New Jersey State Trooper I Mudduser Malik, founding member and President of the New Jersey Muslim Officers Society, and NJSP Sgt. First Class Marc J. Zislin, who will march in solidarity against antisemitism and hatred in all of its forms.

Sheriff Greg Champagne from St. Charles Paris, LA and President of the National Sheriffs’ Association said, “It is my extreme honor to represent the 3082 Sheriffs of America in attending this commemorative event, which is of indescribable significance now as much as ever. In the rising rate of hate in our world, law enforcement executives must stand tall and strong against it and, in particular, Antisemitism, which is reaching concerning levels. We must demonstrate by our presence that the rule of law is the best way to give true meaning to the phrase ‘NEVER AGAIN!’”