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Preventing Hate Crimes in your Community

Preventing Hate Crimes in your Community

Close-up of diverse group of hands joined as a team – Find out how hate crimes can be prevented in your community.

Between 2004 and 2015, U.S. residents experienced an average of 250,000 hate crimes.  The majority of these were not reported to police.1

People

Everyone has a role in stopping hate and creating safe, inclusive communities. How can you take action against hate?

Law Enforcement

What can law enforcement do?

1. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Hate Crime Victimization report, 2004-2015 Source: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hcv0415.pdf

2. Lynn Langton and Michael Planty, Hate Crime, 2003–2009 (U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2011), http://bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hc0309.pdf

Source for page content: https://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-p270-pub.pdf

For other steps communities can take to stop hate: https://cops.usdoj.gov/dispatch/05-2016/action_steps_for_local_communities.asp


According to the FBI’s 2016 hate crimes statistics, more than 15% of hate crimes reported in 2016 were committed by juveniles, and almost 10% of hate incidents occurred at schools or colleges. While not all bullying amounts to a hate crime, strong partnerships to stop and prevent bullying among school aged children may also help to prevent hate crimes. For resources on how to stop and prevent bullying, see Stopbullying.gov.

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Identify Potential Partners – Community Policing Model: The graphic highlights all the potential partners who are part of a whole Community Policing Model and provides a description of each possible partner:

  • Schools and Universities – School administrators, counselors, teachers, campus clubs, or school nurses
  • Justice – Courts, pre-trial services, probation, or corrections
  • Victim Advocates – Nonprofits or social services
  • Federal Agencies – Law enforcement, prosecutors, analysts, victim advocates, or other federal representatives
  • Community Organizations/Institutions – The public library, unity coalition, human relations commission, social justice organization, neighborhood crime prevention association, or groups working to eliminate discrimination
  • Industry or Business Associations – Individual businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, professional associations, or labor unions
  • Media – The local newspaper, alternative weekly news, radio shows, television news or public affairs programs, or popular community blogs
  • Faith-based Organizations – Religious institutions or interfaith groups
  • Civic Leaders – The local mayor, city manager, city council members, or other city officials
  • Law Enforcement – The local police department, sheriff’s office, or campus or school resources officers

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Understand the Problem, SARA: The image shows four steps of the SARA model shown in a honeycomb-like chain link pattern:

  • S – Scanning – Identifying and prioritizing problems
  • A – Analysis – Researching what is known about the problem
  • R – Response – Developing solutions to bring about lasting reductions in the number and extent of problems
  • A – Assessment – Evaluating the success of the responses

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