Police Attend Conference About Combating Bias Crimes

SAYREVILLE—Eighty law enforcement officers have signed up to attend an annual conference aimed at training police officers to handle bias-related crimes, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan.

The conference is being held today at the Middlesex County Fire Training Academy in Sayreville.


Law enforcement officers from New Jersey and from New York City will attend the day-long session, which will provide information on how to identify bias crimes and help those who have been victimized. In addition, officers will learn techniques for bringing cases against those who commit hate crimes.

Guest speakers include Michael Ward, agent in charge of the FBI in New Jersey, who will discuss bias crimes and intervention by the federal government.

Also scheduled to address the group are Deputy Attorney General Jacqueline Smith, who oversees bias crime investigations in New Jersey, and Reinaldo Rivera, regional director of the Northeast Caribbean Region, Department of Justice Community Relations Services.

In addition to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the event is being sponsored by the New Jersey Bias Crimes Officers’ Association, a unit dedicated to combating hate crimes in the state.

Other sponsors include the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network, or MAGLOCLEN, a multi-state information sharing system for police.

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