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NCJ Number: NCJ 179087     Find in a Library
Title: Responding to Hate Crimes: A Police Officer's Guide to Investigation and Prevention
  Document URL: HTML 
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Bureau of Governmental Relations and Legal Counsel
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2001
Page Count: 11
  Annotation: The purpose of this guidebook is to enhance the ability of police officers to prevent hate crimes, respond appropriately to hate crimes that do occur, and support the formation of coalitions to rid communities of intolerance.
Abstract: The book first explains the differences between hate crimes and hate incidents and how to respond to both. A hate crime is defined as "a criminal offense committed against persons, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by an offender's bias against an individual's or a group's race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation." Hate incidents, on the other hand, involve behaviors that, although motivated by bias against the victim because of his/her characteristics or beliefs, are not criminal acts. Hostile or hateful speech or other disrespectful/discriminatory behavior may be motivated by bias but is not illegal. The book then explains why it is important to respond to hate crimes quickly and effectively, followed by guidelines for an effective police response to hate crimes. This includes explaining what officers should do immediately upon arriving at the scene of the crime, what officers should do after taking immediate action, and what to do when conducting a thorough follow-up investigation. The book then outlines the key indicators that a hate crime may have been committed, suggests the best approaches for working with victims of hate crime, and describes the ongoing role police should have with hate-crime victims and the community.
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Investigative techniques ; Police services for victims ; Hate Crimes ; BJA grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 1999-DD-BX-0071
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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