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Title: Bias Related Crime Prevention


1
Bias Related Crime Prevention
  • William Murphy
  • Director of Public Safety

2
US DOE Mandates
  • Require each college campus to inform and educate
    in-coming students about bias related crimes and
    the campuss policies to prevent and address such
    crimes.

3
SUNY Rocklands Prevention Statement
  • It is a SUNY Rockland Community College mandate
    to protect all members of the campus community by
    preventing and prosecuting bias or hate crimes
    that occur within the campuss jurisdiction.

4
Hate Crimes Bias-motivated Incidents Defined
  • Hate crime generally defined as a crime which in
    whole or part is motivated by the offenders bias
    toward the victims status
  • Bias motivated incident is an action in which a
    person is made aware that her/his status is
    offensive to another, but does not rise to the
    level of a crime
  • Both are intolerable.

5
Hate Crimes
  • Murder, Manslaughter, Robbery, Aggravated
  • Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, Arson,
  • Forcible Non-forcible Sex Offenses,
    Intimidations,
  • Destruction, Damage or Vandalism of Property
  • any other crimes involving injury to any person
  • or property in which the victim is intentionally
  • selected because of actual or perceived race,
    gender,
  • religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or
    disability of
  • the victim.

6
Penalties for Bias Crimes
  • NYS Penal Law 485.10 Sentencing
  • When a person is convicted of a hate crime and
    the offense is a misdemeanor or a class C, D or E
    felony, the hate crime shall be deemed one
    category higher than the specified offense.

7
Bias-motivated Incidents
  • Incident that do not fall into one of the crime
  • Categories, are referred to as bias-motivated
    incidents. May include
  • Minor harassment
  • Verbal slurs
  • May be precursors to more serious problems.

8
College Procedures for responding
  • Since Nov. 2000 the Public Safety Department has
    procedures in place for responding to Bias-Crimes
    or Incidents.
  • These Procedures Address
  • Care for the Victim(s)
  • Apprehension of perpetrators
  • Protecting and preserving evidence/crime scene
  • Administrative and community notifications

9
Availability of Counseling/Support for Crime
Victims
  • Counseling Center - on campus
  • Community Services
  • County Services
  • State Services
  • Federal Government Services

10
Nature of Bias-Crimes in NYS
  • Aggravated Harassment 44
  • Criminal Mischief 29
  • Aggravated Assault 12
  • Simple Assault 2.9
  • Burglary 1.7
  • Robbery 1.0
  • Arson 0.7
  • Other 8.7
  • Statistics provided by NYSDCJS 2003
  • No Bias-Crimes Reported _at_ RCC

11
Methods employed to advise students about
security measures
  • Workshops
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Security Alerts posted on website, bulletin
    boards and electronic sign boards
  • Orientations
  • Seminars
  • Evening Star Program
  • Discussion Groups
  • Film Presentations
  • Outlook Student Press
  • Student and Employee e-mail

12
ANOTHER TEST!!!
13
Example 1
  • Several students report that someone sent
    threatening email messages to minority
    international students, opening with the line,
  • Your time is up
  • Go back home

14
Example 2
  • Last night a group of white men shout racial
    slurs at four international students outside of
    the Fieldhouse, ending in a fight.
  • All four students were injured taken to the
    hospital. Two of the students remain in the
    hospital.

15
Example 3
  • Two students come report that they overheard a
    group of African American females making racial
    slurs in the Cafeteria.
  • There were no students in there at the time.

16
We Need Your Help
  • Encourage the reporting of all bias-crimes/inciden
    ts
  • Promote discussion of bias-crimes/incidents
  • Facilitate the prevention of bias-crimes/incidents

17
Important s
  • On Campus Emergencies - 574-4911
  • Public Safety 574-4217
  • Counseling Center 574-4306
  • Dean of Students 574-4307
  • RC Rape Hotline 364-3344 (24hours)
  • RC Crisis Center 364-2150 (24hours)
  • RC Suicide Hotline 364-2905 (24 hours)
  • RC Sheriffs Dept 638-5400

18
THANK YOU
  • Good Luck and Be Safe
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