Hate Crimes Investigations


We are pleased to offer this fully online Hate Crimes Investigations course free of charge for members of law enforcement anywhere. Certificates of completion are available for $20.

This course prepares law enforcement first responders to recognize, document and investigate hate crimes. Students will learn about state and federal hate crime laws, how to support hate crime victims, and hate crimes trends in the United States. The course is inclusive of all hate crime bias motivation types including sexual orientation and gender identity.

The learning outcomes for this course include:

  • The student will identify the elements of state and federal hate crimes law.
  • The student will identify evidence and indicators of a hate crime.
  • The student will explain how to effectively interact with hate crime victims.
  • The student will demonstrate how to document a hate crime.

This course reviews, updates, and expands on the content required in the basic academy. It is ideal for civilian and sworn first responders who are charged with taking crime reports that could involve a hate crime.  Completion of the basic police academy is not required to be successful in this class.  It is appropriate for civilian report takers, though it does include investigative steps that may be beyond the scope of a civilian position.

This course is also ideal for instructors charged with teaching hate crimes in the basic police academy or basic dispatcher course.  California law and policy is included in this course, but the activities and exercises are applicable to any location.

Click Here To Register And Begin Training

Note:  If you are a member of a California law enforcement agency, this course is available for California P.O.S.T. CPT credit and that meets the training required by section 13519.6PC.  Click here to learn more.