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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is committed to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and bigotry in all its forms.

What is a hate incident?
Not all expressions of hate or group bias rise to the level of a hate crime as defined in state and federal statute. Derogatory words or epithets directed against a member of a protected class, as listed above if not accompanied by a threat of harm with the ability to carry it out are considered protected speech and not a hate crime.

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What is the Sheriff's policy on hate crime?
It is the policy of the Sheriff's Department to ensure that the rights guaranteed to all, irrespective of their race, religion, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability are protected. Any acts or threats of violence, property damage, harassment, intimidation or other crimes designed to infringe upon those rights will be handled with the utmost priority. The department is dedicated to maintaining a cooperative effort with local, state and federal agencies as well as the communities we serve toward the immediate investigation of reported hate crimes and hate-related incidents, and prosecution as appropriate. Particular attention shall be given to addressing the safety and related concerns of the victims as well as their families and others affected by the crime.

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What is the Sheriff's Department doing about hate crime?
The Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorneys Office, the Human Relations Commission and many other agencies and community based organizations have joined together to take a leading role in the fight against hate crime. The Department’s Hate Crime Coordinators meet several times throughout the year to share information, examine trends and develop new strategies to combat hate crime. The Department has joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Los Angeles Hate Crime Task Force.  The Department also works closely with the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Unit to ensure that workable cases which can be prosecuted are done so aggressively and to the fullest extent the law allows.

The Sheriff’s Department’s Hate Crimes Coordinator also facilitates training for law enforcement in the form of seminars and partnerships with other agencies and organizations to further enhance its effectiveness and reduce hate crimes in the County.

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How do I report a hate crime?
Hate crimes are reported by calling 911 if the situation is life threatening or a crime in progress. If there is no immediate danger, hate crimes can be reported by calling your local Sheriff's or Police Station. Click here to view a map of Los Angeles County Sheriff Stations.
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Sheriff's Hate Crime Task Force Contacts
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Hate Crimes Task Force Members:

Operation Safe Streets Bureau/ Hate Crime Task Force

Lt. D. Basey
Det. D. Zumer
Det. C. Keeling
3010 E. Victoria Rd
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221

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Hate crime related links and victim assistance:
American - Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
Anti-Defamation League
Japanese American Citizens League
Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Muslim Public Affairs Council
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Conference on Community and Justice
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Hate Crimes statistics: FBI
Organization of Chinese Americans
Simon Wiesenthal Center