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U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
On October 29 and 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Hate Crimes Enforcement and Prevention Initiative hosted a law enforcement roundtable on Improving the Identification and Reporting of Hate Crimes in Washington, D.C. This one-and-a-half-day roundtable explored promising practices and challenges in identifying, reporting, and tracking hate crimes with the overarching goal of generating ideas for actionable steps both locally and for the greater law enforcement community. The roundtable focused on small group discussions but also included presentations from other law enforcement leaders, community advocates, and federal representatives.
The U.S. Department of Justice Hate Crimes Enforcement and Prevention Initiative coordinates the department’s efforts to eradicate hate crimes and facilitates outreach to law enforcement agencies and the public. Led by the Civil Rights Division, key participants include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Office of Justice Programs, the Community Relations Service, and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
The department announced several resources at the roundtable. Some highlights include the following:
The initiative will release a report summarizing the discussion and action steps, but in the meantime, please visit the department’s hate crimes website for information and resources. If your agency is looking for assistance in combating hate and improving your identification and reporting of hate crimes, please visit the Collaborative Reform Initiative website.
Nazmia Comrie, Senior Program Specialist
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