Illinois police are learning how to better identify and investigate hate crimes.
Officers across the state will soon receive the training as part of Illinois’ efforts to fight intolerance.
Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois State Police is working with the Anti-Defamation League to update curriculum at the State Police Academy.
“These crimes are pernicious. They have wide-ranging effects beyond the initial act themselves. And, we need to be very proactive in identifying these crimes and prosecuting them for what they are, truly hate crimes,” said Rauner.
The Anti-Defamation League’s Jessica Gall says the training will better prepare new officers going through the State Police Academy.
“Hate crimes and hate incidents have unique and devastating impact in our communities. And, by training first responders to identify, investigate and appropriately respond to these types of crimes, will only serve to strengthen the relationships that law enforcement has in our community,” said Gall.
Gov. Rauner is also working to improve anti-hate curriculum in Illinois schools and to strengthen penalities those for committing hate crimes.