Hate Crime Resources

Trust is foundational to public safety. When a community is impacted by distrust of law enforcement, or violence and/or hate from others in the community, it is vital to foster healing and inclusion, and empower citizens to work in collaboration with law enforcement. COPS Office resources highlight effective approaches that law enforcement can use to lead the healing of distressed communities.


Not In Our Town works to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities through Film, new media, and organizing tools that help local leaders build vibrant, diverse cities and towns.

A Prosecutor's Stand 

Waking in Oak Creek 

Not In Our Town: On the Ground with Law Enforcement 

Moses Robinson: School Guardian 

Not In Our Town: Manhattan Beach 

Gender, Sexuality, and 21st Century Policing: Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community   
LGBTQ+ forum report and recommendations based on input from police departments and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups. The report includes model practices, case studies and sample policies for eliminating bias against the LGBTQ+ community.
Stop Hate & Build Inclusion: Resources for Law Enforcement and Community Partners   
This USB flash drive is a compilation of films and related publications intended to aid Not In Our Town's (NIOT) national effort to connect people working together to take action against hate and create safe, inclusive communities. Moreover, these resources - along with NIOT's other films, new media, and organizing tools - can help local leaders build vibrant diverse cities and towns where everyone can participate.

Not In Our Town:

Lessons to Advance Community Policing: Final Report for 2014 Microgrant Sites  
In 2013, the COPS Office launched the Microgrant Initiative for Law Enforcement under the Community Policing Development program to facilitate the implementation or advancement of nationwide community policing efforts and address existing gaps in community policing knowledge and tools.
Community-Based Approaches to Prevention: A Report on the 2014 National Summit on Preventing Multiple Casualty Violence  
Offers a prevention toolkit adaptable to the needs of individual communities to help prevent multiple casualty violence

Building Relationships of Trust:

Innovators 2013: Reducing Crime by Increasing Trust in an Immigrant Community  
Highlights the efforts of the 2013 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award winners
Uniting Communities Post-9/11: Tactics for Cultivating Community Policing Partnerships with Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian Communities  
Aims to explore how community oriented policing strategies could support homeland security initiatives
Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness – A Guide for Law Enforcement  
Identifies discussion questions and community policing best practices for law enforcement representatives organizing screenings of the PBS documentary film Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness
Stop and Frisk: Balancing Crime Control with Community Relations   
Discusses stop and frisk's unintended consequences and a series of practical recommendations the lawful
Strengthening the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color  
Focuses on identifying what can be done to break the cycle of mistrust and cynicism that for too long has fractured the relationships between the law enforcement and communities of color
Building Stronger, Safer Communities  
Offers leadership strategies and actionable tactics to help law enforcement agencies work with community partners
Diaster Planning & Recovery: 9-1-1 Center Survivability   
Addresses questions about preparing 911 centers to sustain a catastrophic event and learning from past experiences
E-COP: Using the Web to Enhance Community Oriented Policing  
Highlights those technologies that are changing the way police are engaging with communities and delivering services
Engaging Police in Immigrant Communities  
Highlights promising practices that law enforcement agencies nationwide are using to build effective police-immigrant relations
Racial Reconciliation, Truth-Telling, and Police Legitimacy  
Gives police executives the chance to hear from their own colleagues why racial reconciliation is morally, functionally, and operationally critical
Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices for Law Enforcement  
Discusses a national assessment of best practices for overcoming language barriers in policing
Building Trust Between the Police and the Citizens They Serve  
Focuses on the pivotal role of the Internal Affairs function in building trust between law enforcement agencies, their staff, and the communities they protect and serve
Building Strong Police-Immigrant Community Relations: Lessons from a New York City Project  
Assists police departments, local government officials, and community groups interested in building good relations between the police and immigrant communities
Racially Biased Policing: Guidance for Analyzing Race Data from Vehicle Stops Executive Summary  
Discusses responsible analysis and interpretation of vehicle stop data
Racially Biased Policing: A Principled Response  
Assists agencies in meeting the challenge of eradicating racially biased policing


Vera Institute of Justice  
Combines research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to help leaders in civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety