Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 11, 2011

CRIME REPORTING = CRIME PREVENTION

Hate Crime Teaser.jpgIt can be a Hate Crime to direct any act against an individual or group based on the actual or perceived race, religion, culture disability ethnic background and/or sexual orientation.

    Boise, August 11, 2011 - Boise Police are reminding citizens it's critical to report crimes. Crime reporting is necessary for officers to solve, track and prevent crimes. Accurate crime reporting is also essential for the community to identify troubling patterns or emerging trends.

    One type of crime officers fear may sometimes go unreported are hate bias crimes. To help educate citizens as to what constitutes a hate bias crime, the department has prepared this poster available for download. 

    The poster educates citizens that disability and/or sexual orientation may be a motivating factor in crimes such as assault or battery. A Hate Incident is any malicious or offensive act directed against an individual or group based upon perceived race, religion, culture, disability, ethnic background and/or sexual orientation which is not criminal but is an activity designed to cause and individual or group to feel threatened or intimidated.

    A Hate-Motivated Crime is any criminal act or attempted act directed against an individual or group based on the actual or perceived race, religion, culture disability ethnic background and/or sexual orientation. It is unlawful for any person to batter or assault another person. 

    The poster urges citizens that if this type of scenario has happened to them or an acquaintance, or if they have questions, to contact the Boise Police Department's LGBTQ Liaison 570-6224. 

Hate Bias Crime Reporting Poster