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NCJ Number: 136062 Find in a Library
Title: Investigation of Religious Bias-motivated Crimes (From Bias Crime: The Law Enforcement Response, P 43-47, 1991, Nancy Taylor, ed. -- See NCJ-136058)
Author(s): P M Sanderson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: State and local law enforcement agencies should train all their personnel to recognize, respond to, and effectively deal with bias-motivated crimes and should be aware that victims' needs are much greater in these cases than for victims of similar crimes that do not involve bias.
Abstract: Many law enforcement personnel may not believe that they need a plan because they think that they do not have a problem. However, they should reconsider this view and consider the effects of the delay and ineffective response in the Tawana Brawley incident. New York City's police department established its Bias Incident Investigating Unit in 1980. The unit conducts field investigations, analyzes bias incidents, provides victim assistance, maintains liaison with prosecutors and other officials, and provides staff assistance for in-servicing training at the police precinct level. Other agencies considering establishing such a unit should consider the extent of the problem, the agency's current response, community attitudes, and alternative measures. Future responses to bias-related crime should include State legislation regarding standardized reporting; State encouragement of local school programs to develop racial, ethnic, and religious harmony; and assistance to victims in pursuing all legal actions to which they are entitled.
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures; Religiously motivated violence
Index Term(s): Hate Crimes; New York; Specialized investigative units; Victim reactions to crime; Victim services
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