Tuesday, March 4, 2014



Attacks on people that can be considered hate crimes are often very emotional for the reporting party, the suspects, the officer and other people involved.  The most important thing to remember is that officers need to be professional and dispassionate in their taking of such reports.  Everyone, no matter who are what they are deserves the same professional and competent police services. 

Anyone can be a victim of a crime and if anyone is victimized, no one is safe.  We have an obligation to our agency and our oath to conduct ourselves in the most ethical manner when dealing with all victims.  If we are having difficulty communicating, establishing a rapport, or gathering the proper victim and witness statements, it may be necessary to ask for another officer to assist you in the crime report. 

You may want to ask the victim or witness if they would like another officer, perhaps one of another gender, if available, to assist you with your investigation.  Some victims, especial children or sex crime victims, may feel more comfortable with a female officer.  Do what is needed to conduct a proper crime investigation for all victims; that's what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

Sgt. Mike:
I hear that police around the country are due for another round of "sensitivity-training"...
I always figured the BEST person for "diplomacy" was a DIPLOMAT and not a LEO
Then again, the streets are no place where ANY form of diplomacy reigns.

Roll safe out there.

Mike Creek said...

I have no problem being professional with victims or witnesses. No one deserves to be a victim.