NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday a series of hate crime investigation seminars will be held across the state in conjunction with several law enforcement agencies.
The first seminar is being held Thursday in Manhattan and will be followed by three more seminars:
- September 24th in Erie County
- September 25th in Onondaga County
- October 17th in Albany County
New York has absolutely zero tolerance for any form of bias or discrimination. There has been an alarming rise in anti-Semitism and hatred of all kinds across our state and our nation, and these seminars are just the latest effort to ensure our state and local law enforcement have the proper training to investigate and prosecute hate crimes and keep New Yorkers safe.
Members of the New York State Hate Crimes Task Force, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and the Queens County District Attorney's Office will make a presentation at each seminar.
The seminars are only open to sworn or civilian members of law enforcement, prosecutors, parole/probation and corrections officers. They will be closed to the media.
We are proud to partner with State Police and the Division of Human Rights on this series of seminars and thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support. No matter if the intended target is an individual, a group of individuals or a piece of property, bias and hate motivated crimes have no place in this state. Keeping law enforcement informed and trained on best practices for responding to and investigating hate crimes will ensure communities will be safer for all New Yorkers.