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State police undergo special training to investigate hate crimes

March 09, 2017 07:26 PM

ALBANY - The governor recently directed New York State Police to form a special task force to investigate hate crimes. That training is already underway.

More than 120 members of law enforcement took part in a four-day New York State Police school to combat and investigate hate crimes.

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They learned things like proper identification and investigative procedures and evidence collection. Police say they have seen a noticeable increase in these types of crimes.

"We're definitely seeing a huge increase in criminal mischief complaints, people drawing swastikas and those types of complaints, threats and things of that nature," noted Christopher Fiore, 1st deputy superintendent with the New York State Police.

New York State has a hotline to report bias and discrimination: 1-888-392-3644.

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Ben Gorenstein

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