Police to undergo hate crime training

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that requires more training for hate crimes for local law enforcement.

Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported across the state this year, and lawmakers say enough is enough.

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky sponsored a bill aimed at making sure local police departments across the state are properly trained in recognizing and responding to hate crimes

"This law will give New York state permission to come up with a set of training manuals and courses and steps that law enforcement officers can take to recognize when something is a hate crime," said Kaminsky. "You know, there's a different set of charges that would be brought, different people need to be alerted and if you miss that, you could miss a really important opportunity to get the perpetrators."

Both Suffolk and Nassau police say while their respective departments already have extensive hate crime policies and procedures, they welcome assistance from the state.

Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart told News 12, "We look forward to any suggestions and training opportunities the Municipal Training Counsel can offer.

A spokesperson for Nassau police said, "Any additional assistance in the form of signed legislation from the governor can only assist with our zero tolerance approach toward hate crimes.

But Rabbi Yakov Saacks says the state should provide funding for more police patrols and anti-bias education in schools

The new law requires a state task force to design a training program right away. Officers are expected to start training next year.

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