In March 2020, the New York City Council passed Local Law 49, mandating an “individualized response to alleged violent hate crimes.”
Pursuant to this legislation, the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) is required to provide relevant information about the crime, including incident date and time, and information on the administration’s response to elected officials and affected communities.
Who receives these notifications?
Currently, OPHC sends e-mail notifications to:
The OPHC Hate Crime Notification System does not include any confidential information that compromises the identities of any parties involved or the integrity of any ongoing investigations.
When does the OPHC send these alerts?
OPHC sends notifications only after the New York City Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force has made an initial determination that a violent incident is being investigated as a hate crime. OPHC will then send notifications via e-mail and is committed to relaying relevant information accurately and in a timely manner.
What qualifies as a “violent hate crime”?
Violent hate crimes that will activate notifications currently include (but are not limited to):
Who do I contact for more information about a particular incident?
For any press inquiries or public information related to a specific incident, please contact the NYPD Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI).For general questions or concerns, please contact OPHC.