What You Do Matters, Lessons from the Holocaust

  • When

    Thursday, Jun 23,
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Where

    Minneapolis Airport Marriott
    2020 American Blvd East
    Bloomington, MN 55425



    $159 per person

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Course Overview

The Holocaust was an unspeakable horror from WWII. After a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2006, Todd Larson and Jason Kalish recognized that the Holocaust is much more than a chapter from a history book. The Holocaust provides important insight into the consequences when a government shifts the mission of police from protecting individuals to supporting the abuse of basic human rights.

How Germany changed in less than a decade from a free, democratic, and scientifically advanced society to a totalitarian regime that systematically targeted and murdered millions of its own citizens is a lesson a free society must learn. In the words of Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial in 1945, “Civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.”

This seminar, “What You Do Matters”, examines policing within the legal and political framework of Nazi Germany – a journey that eventually turned those who should protect life and liberty into those who intimidated, humiliated, deported, and eventually murdered millions of innocent people. Using historical images and stories from the Holocaust, facilitators engage students in a dialogue about the role of law enforcement in today’s communities and the importance of core values in ensuring the integrity and vibrancy of democracy.

Course Schedule

Working with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Jewish Community Foundation, Todd and Jason offer a powerful curriculum to ensure that the core values of our democracy are upheld.

  • Course Overview, Discussion Questions - 30 minutes
  • Short film - Overview of the Holocaust, and Self-Guided Tour of Exhibits - 30 minutes
  • Reflections, short film - The Path to Nazi Genocide - 35 minutes
  • Slippery Slope: Examination of Photographic Images - an interactive discussion - 85 minutes
  • Lessons from the Holocaust, Closing comments, and Wrap-up - 40 minutes

Training & Consulting Team

Imran Ali

Director, Law Enforcement Education & Training

Todd Larson

Director, What You Do Matters, Retired 22 Year Veteran of the Scottsdale Police Department

Jason Kalish

Division Chief of the Trial Division at Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Instructor Qualifications

IMRAN ALI is an attorney and the Director of Law Enforcement Education and Training for Eckberg Lammers. After serving over seventeen years as a felony-level prosecutor in the state of Minnesota, his extensive experience is recognized both in the courtroom and community. Imran has prosecuted some of the most complex cases in Minnesota. Working with victims of crime has provided Imran with the passion needed to succeed in the courtroom. He has developed law enforcement training programs that employ participates to serve their communities with honor and integrity while being equipped with the appropriate tools in decision-making. Imran has presented at prosecution and law enforcement conferences nationwide.

TODD LARSON is the Director of the What You Do Matters (WYDM) Institute focused on training of criminal justice personnel across the United States. Prior to this role he was the Associate Vice President of Workplace & Public Safety for a large Arizona Hospital System.Todd retired from the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department in 2015 after 22 years of service. He spent the majority of his career investigating felony crimes within the Special Investigations Section, Violent Crimes Unit, Federal DEA Phoenix Task Force, and served over ten years on the Scottsdale Police Department SWAT Team as an operator, sniper, and team leader.Todd is a graduate of The Advisory Board's High Performing Leadership Fellowship, The Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, and is a Certified Force Science Specialist. Todd has authored several published articles involving police training, tourniquet research, TBI research, and healthcare technology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s Degree in Leadership with Emphasis in Crisis Management and Disaster Preparedness from Grand Canyon University, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

JASON KALISH is the Division Chief of the Trial Division at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office where he supervises eight general trial bureaus as well as bureaus responsible for grand jury and preliminary hearings. Jason has spent his entire career as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and was awarded the Criminal Trial Division Attorney of the Year in 1999.

Mr. Kalish graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993 with honors, earning a degree in criminology.He then attended the University of Arizona College of Law with the specific intent of becoming a prosecutor. During law school Mr. Kalish served as an Honors Intern with the FBI and worked in various capacities at the Pima County Attorney’s Office. He was sworn in as a lawyer on October 18, 1997 and as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney two days later.

Mr. Kalish has prosecuted gang members and repeat offenders in the Gang/ROP bureau. He has served as a supervisor in other bureaus, including Charging/Grand Jury, Preliminary Hearings and Juvenile Crimes. Following the supervisory stints, he returned to trial work and spent nearly ten years prosecuting homicides, first in the Family Violence Bureau and then the Homicide Bureau (later renamed the Capital Litigation Bureau). Mr. Kalish was named APAAC Prosecutor of the Year in 2014 for his role as lead counsel in the retrial of the Buddhist Temple murders which occurred in 1991.


This course is offered and conducted by Eckberg Lammers' Law Enforcement Training Academy & Consulting team of experienced trainers and consultants.

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Law Enforcement Peace Officers, Attorneys

Session Type & Duration

In-person: 3.5 Hours

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