Chicago, IL , September 6, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in partnership with the Chicago Police Department today announced the launch of an online hate crimes training curriculum for police officers, which is the first of its kind in the country.
The online hate crimes training course will be mandatory for all 12,000 of the city's police officers. The curriculum examines the unique nature and impact of hate crimes, explores the scope of the Illinois hate crime statute, provides information regarding hate crimes statistics, instructs officers about Chicago Police Department procedures for hate crimes investigations, and provides tips on how to work effectively with victims. The new hate crimes training module will be incorporated into recruit training and made available remotely for all officers.
"Hate crimes affect not only the individual, but the entire affected community", said Lonnie Nasatir, ADL Chicago Regional Director. "Targeting an individual based upon his or her religion, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical or mental disability must not be tolerated. This curriculum will help law enforcement to recognize hate crime indicators and respond effectively to alleged hate crimes."
This collaboration between ADL and CPD reflects CPD's commitment to combat hate crimes. This online hate crimes training module is the first of its kind in the country, and will serve as a model for other law enforcement agencies.
ADL is available to partner with other law enforcement agencies to create similar online hate crimes trainings.
For decades, ADL has spearheaded efforts to ensure that local, state and federal law enforcement have important tools to combat bias-motivated crime. In 1981, ADL drafted model hate crimes legislation. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have since enacted laws based on or similar to the model, which was unanimously found to be constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993.
The League led a broad coalition effort in support of the 2009 enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act - the most important comprehensive and inclusive federal hate crimes enforcement law in 40 years.