Hate Crime Training for Police Is Often Inadequate, Sometimes Nonexistent

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Only a fraction of bias crimes ever get reported. Fewer still get successfully prosecuted. Perhaps the widespread lack of training for frontline officers has something to do with that. To become a police officer in the U.S., one almost always has to enroll in an academy for some basic training. The typical academy session lasts 25 weeks, but state governments — which oversee police academies for local and state law enforcement officers — have wide latitude when it comes to choosing the subjects that will be taught in the classrooms.How to properly identify and investigate hate crimes does not seem terribly high on the list of priorities, according to a ProPublica review.Only 12 states, for example, have statutes requiring...

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