Reporting A Hate Crime
All acts of hate crime violence or threats will be viewed as serious and the investigations will be given priority attention. Such acts generate fear and concern in victims and the public; and have the potential for recurring, escalating, and possibly causing retaliation.
- Due to the seriousness of such an act, an online report is unavailable.
- If you believe you may be the victim of a Hate Crime, please call “911”, if you feel it is a non-emergency then call “311.”
- An officer will be dispatched and respond to your location to determine if the circumstance meets the Hate Crime criteria and complete an investigation.
The investigation of hate crimes and hate-motivated incidents is a Department priority. It is the policy of the San Jose Police Department to ensure that every person in the city of San Jose enjoys the right to be free of any crime committed for the purpose of intimidating or interfering with the free exercise or enjoyment of any right secured to him or her by the Constitution or laws of the state or the Constitution or laws of the United States because of the person's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. Hate crimes have the capacity to polarize communities and must be swiftly and effectively investigated. Efforts must also be focused on addressing the safety of the victims, their families, and others who are affected by these crimes.
In 1993 the Department’s Assaults Unit Hate Crime Detail was established. The Hate Crime Detail works with all Department members to ensure that the Department properly investigates, reports, and tracks crimes of hate. The Hate Crime Detail coordinates its efforts with other law enforcement agencies, as well as the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. The Department's Hate Crime Detail also collaborates with community-based organizations to develop educational programs that target hate crime prevention, deter retaliation, and encourage the community's cooperation in helping to successfully prosecute those accused of committing hate crimes.
For additional information and support, you may consider visiting the Santa Clara County Network for a Hate Free Community.
If you want to follow up with a Hate Crime Incident that you reported to the San Jose Police Department, please contact the Department’s Assault Unit at 408-277-4161