Federal Bureau of Investigation

With reported hate crimes rising, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a campaign to encourage residents to report crimes of discrimination.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Anchorage Field Office has launched a hate crime reporting campaign in an effort to drive education and increase reporting to law enforcement, the agency announced Monday.

The Alaska efforts tie with a national FBI awareness campaign, “Protecting Our Communities Together: Report Hate Crimes” and include various digital, print and radio advertisements across the state.

The FBI defines a hate crime as “a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or gender identity.”

“Hate crimes are the top priority within the FBI’s Civil Rights Program, due to the devastating impact these types of crimes have on communities. One act can terrorize entire communities and groups of people,” said FBI Associate Deputy Director Jeffrey Sallet. “There’s simply no place in this country for hate and intolerance. We in the FBI stand ready to use all the tools at our disposal to reduce the threat of hate crimes and fulfill our mission to protect every American.”

The FBI is the lead investigative agency for criminal violations of federal civil rights statutes, which includes hate crimes.

Individuals who have information about or believe they are a victim of a federal hate crime should contact the FBI by phone at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Online tips can be submitted to the agency at tips.fbi.gov.

Contact Liv Clifford at 459-7582, lclifford@newsminer.com or follow her at twitter.com/FDNMcrime.

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