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The program allowed various nonprofit organizations to take reports of hate crimes from residents who might not otherwise feel comfortable calling the police.

What kind of resources are there?”Although the NYPD reports only two anti-Asian hate crimes occurring from January through early June, the department reported 20 other hate crimes fueled by the coronavirus, the second-highest category behind anti-Semitism.

“They have the best approach for dealing with hate crimes that I found,” said Jeannine Bell, an expert on policing and hate crimes with the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

“Anyone who knows about hate crimes will tell you that.” These specialized units have more experience with hate crimes, know what evidence to collect for successful prosecution and are given the authority to investigate.

“Prevention is a really hard issue with respect to hate crimes,” Bell said.

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