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Hate Crimes

The Department’s response and police investigation is necessary to ensure that racism, prejudice and violence will not be tolerated in our community and that perpetrator or such crimes will be prosecuted.

Definition of a Hate Crime

Any criminal act or attempted criminal act intended to cause injury, emotional suffering, or property damage which is or appears to be motivated, all or in part, by race, ethnic background, national origin, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Reporting Hate Motivated Crimes and Incidents

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for collecting and reporting hate motivated crime statistics. Hate Motivated crimes should be reported as indicated in the section, “How to Report a Crime or Other Emergency."