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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Police chief association adds transgender protection to hate crime policy

Last week the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) issued their updated Model Policy on Hate Crime, which now includes gender identity. The Model Policy helps police identify, investigate and respond to hate crimes – including those based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The IACP also issued a “Concepts and Issues Paper” on hate crimes. The Issues Paper contains background material and useful tools like crime scene procedures, appropriate response activities and prevention strategies that should really benefit our community. The Paper also contains a list of resource organizations that police can turn to for more information. This new policy and related Issues Paper are available not to the 20,000+ members of the IACP and to non-profit organizations for use in trainings on hate crimes issues.

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