In accordance with the New York State Penal Law, the New York City Police Department uses the following guideline: “A bias incident is any offense or unlawful act that is motivated in whole or substantial part by a person’s, a group’s or a place’s identification with a particular race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, ancestry, national origin or sexual orientation (including gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender) as determined by the Commanding Officer of the Hate Crime Task Force.” All hate crimes are serious incidents and are treated as such by the Police Department. Crimes that are motivated by hate are vigorously investigated by the Hate Crime Task Force.
A person reports a hate crime in the same manner as they would report any other crime. If it is a serious crime in progress, call 911. If it is a non-serious crime or a crime that occurred in the past, call your local precinct. The responding police officers will provide whatever immediate assistance is needed and start the reporting process. If the situation is deemed to be a possible bias motivated incident, the Hate Crime Task Force will be notified.
The Hate Crime Task Force is a dedicated citywide team of investigators who are responsible for investigating all hate crimes and related incidents. The unit is part of the Special Victims Division of the New York City Police Department.
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