Action Agenda for Community Organizations and Law Enforcement to Enhance the Response to Hate Crimes
The IACP partnered with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to launch the Enhancing the Response to Hate Crimes Advisory Committee, which convened leaders in law enforcement, civil rights, and academia for a series of discussions examining promising practices for response to hate crimes. The committee members identified five critical issues that are imperative to enhancing hate crimes response practices, as well as an action agenda for community organizations and law enforcement to address each critical issue.
The goal of these action items is to help break down barriers and strengthen trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve to enhance the prevention, reporting, investigation, and successful prosecution of hate crimes. Once implemented, these action items will enhance the ability of law enforcement, civil rights organizations, and community organizations to more effectively address hate and bias-motivated crimes in their communities and to help ensure the safety of all individuals threatened by hate.
The Five Critical Issues for Addressing Hate Crime:
- Increasing Community–Law Enforcement Collaboration to Address Hate Crimes, Including Partnerships with Civil Rights and Community Organizations
- Enhancing Training and Education About Hate Crimes for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Community Members
- Strengthening Data Collection, Reporting, and Analysis
- Improving Hate Incident and Crime Management Policies and Responses for Law Enforcement
- Role of Prosecutors: Early and Ongoing Communication with Law Enforcement, Proactive Engagement with Community, Development of Hate Crimes Expertise