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MIAMI – U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of FBI Miami, State Attorney Harold F. Pryor for Broward County, and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle for Miami-Dade County addressed over 200 South Florida law enforcement officers during a day-long interactive training session on hate crimes in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
The training was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI, along with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office Hate Crimes Unit and the Broward State Attorney's Office Hate Crimes Taskforce Unit. Presenters addressed federal and state hate crimes statutes, recent federal cases, victim services, and held a panel discussion. Highlights included a keynote address from Judy and Dennis Shepard of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and a presentation by the Anti-Defamation League.
This type of law enforcement training is extremely impactful and reinforces the commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI to combat hate crimes. Training programs also help to ensure that hate crimes are promptly and properly addressed. All law enforcement agencies within the FBI Miami area of responsibility were invited to attend the training program, along with several other agencies.
“It is our united responsibility to stand against hatred and bigotry in all its forms and protect those most vulnerable in our society,” stated U.S. Attorney Lapointe. “By facilitating and taking part in invaluable training programs, we can better serve our communities and collectively work to thwart potential threats to our diverse south Florida residents.”
“Educating the public -and law enforcement – about hate crimes is an ongoing, continuous effort that FBI Miami will always prioritize,” said Jeffrey B. Veltri, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “Training events like this one today are an excellent opportunity for law enforcement professionals to learn so that we are in a better position to protect our communities against bias motivated crimes and investigate incidents when they occur.”
Lapointe and Veltri recently issued a statement addressing their commitment to combat hate crimes and potential threats to the community. A copy of the statement can be found at https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/joint-statements-us-attorney-markenzy-lapointe-southern-district-florida-and-special.
The community is encouraged to report all suspected hate crimes to the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or tips.fbi.gov.
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Southern District of Florida