FBI Little Rock
Public Affairs Officer Jessica Franklin
April 5, 2021

FBI Little Rock Seeks to Educate Community and Law Enforcement Partners on Hate Crimes

LITTLE ROCK, AR—As Americans become more aware of violent crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the FBI Little Rock Field Office is urging Arkansas community groups and law enforcement agencies to sign up for an FBI course on hate crimes. This course, developed by the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, clearly defines the criteria for hate crimes and provides insight into FBI hate crimes investigations. There is no charge for this class, and our previous trainings hosted throughout Arkansas are consistently well-received by course participants. Our presentation seeks to reduce civil rights abuses and promote cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

The FBI is the primary federal agency responsible for investigating allegations regarding violations of federal civil rights statutes. These laws are designed to protect the civil rights of all persons—citizens and non-citizens alike—within U.S. territory. Using cutting-edge investigative and intelligence capabilities, the FBI works closely with its partners to prevent and address hate crimes, color of law violations, and other civil rights offenses.

If you are a community leader or law enforcement executive, we urge you to contact the FBI and schedule a hate crimes presentation for your organization. Our presentation typically runs for two hours and is conducted by veteran FBI agents who are skilled investigators of federal civil rights violations. This training is interactive and encourages audience members to share thoughts and perspectives about real-world case studies. To schedule a training, please call the FBI Little Rock Field Office at 501-221-9100 and ask for the Community Outreach Specialist.