What Justice Professionals Need to Know about Hate Crime
Hate crimes and bias incidents are occurring throughout the United States, in big cities and small towns, highly publicized or going unreported. They can represent the ultimate in violence, or they can spread their message of fear and intimidation through words and rhetoric.
Hate crimes are different than any other crimes you will encounter as a law enforcement officer. They can happen anywhere, and anyone can be a target. No one is safe, and there is no protection.
And they don’t just affect the victim – they can affect an entire community. This webinar will walk you through the three Rs: Recognize, Respond, and Report, so you can deal with hate crimes properly and promptly.
PRESENTER: Laurie Wood joined the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in November 1991 as a writer/researcher for what is now the Intelligence Project, the investigative arm of the SPLC, and then served as the department’s research manager.
Ms. Wood now acts as Director for Investigations. In that role she oversees the Investigative Unit, which is responsible for intelligence gathering and analysis of domestic radical right and radical antigovernment extremist groups. She also serves as the Center’s primary law enforcement trainer for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on hate group and radical antigovernment activity.