Cuomo signs legislation for hate crimes recognition program for law enforcement

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Twitter

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation establishing a hate crimes recognition training program for local law enforcement (S.3909A.3606).

This measure directs the Municipal Police Training Council to work alongside the New York State Division of Human Rights and Hate Crimes Task Force to develop, maintain and distribute policies and procedures ensuring local law enforcement are properly trained in recognizing and responding to hate crimes, according to a press release.

“Hatred has no place in New York State and we will continue taking aggressive measures to stamp out hate whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head,” Governor Cuomo said. “This measure will provide our law enforcement with the tools they need to identify and respond to hate crimes – moving us one step closer to a stronger, fairer and more inclusive Empire State for all.”

While New York has some of the strongest protections against hate crimes in the nation, recent incidents have highlighted a need for better training in recognizing and responding to hate crimes for local law enforcement. By establishing a hate crimes recognition training program, this measure will help ensure all state and local law enforcement agencies are properly trained in recognizing and responding to hate crimes, discouraging future crimes and creating greater accountability.

Senator Todd Kaminsky said, “Anti-Semitism, hate and intolerance have no place in our state and nation. I was proud to see Governor Cuomo sign this legislation I sponsored into law—it will ensure law enforcement officers are adept at identifying, responding and investigating these dastardly acts. I will continue to do all I can to protect our communities from anti-Semitism.”

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic said, “With the steady surge of hate crimes across New York, there is little room for complacency. This new law will equip local law enforcement with the proper tools to identify, report, and respond to these crimes that continue to divide and instill widespread fear. Thank you Governor Cuomo for his commitment and sending the message that hate has no place in any community.”

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