Hate Crime Prevention
The RI Commission on Prejudice & Bias known as the “Commission” was created in 1981 to train law enforcement on hate crime laws and how to deal with hate crimes in RI.
Our team includes a wide array of professionals who have a plethora of experience dealing with hate crime laws.
Our education program has worked with thousands of students throughout RI since 2008 using creative approaches to address bullying and hate crimes.
Our annual conference geared toward law enforcement takes place every May at Roger Williams University. This years theme is the progress of RI’s new Community Police Relationship Act.
TITLE 42 State Affairs and Government CHAPTER 42-80 Prejudice and Bias Commission Act SECTION 42-80-2 § 42-80-2 Commission created – Composition. – (a) There is created the Rhode Island commission on prejudice and bias, hereinafter called the "commission". (b) The commission shall consist of seventeen (17) members, each of whom shall serve a term of two (2) years, expiring on the first anniversary of each member's appointment or on the date that their respective successors are appointed and qualified, whichever is later. The membership of the commission shall consist of three (3) members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate, not more than two (2) from the same political party; three (3) members of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker, not more than two (2) of whom shall be from the same political party; three (3) members of the department of the attorney general to be appointed by the attorney general; one member of the state police to be appointed by the superintendent of state police; one member of a municipal police department to be appointed by the president of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association; and six (6) members of the community at large to be appointed by the governor for their interest, expertise and diversity in the field under consideration. The committee shall select one of its members as chairperson. History of Section. (P.L. 1981, ch. 155, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 261, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 292, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 180, § 117.)
WE train law enforcement on Hate Crime laws & responses.
WE educate students about the roots of prejudice, bias, bullying & hate crime.
WE address community issues including racial profiling, police brutality and Islamaphobia.
WE foster relationships between diverse communities and law enforcement.
To Help Improve Police/Community Relations in Rhode Island Press Release: RICPB RWU annual event release draft FINAL-2
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Our hearts go out to Azekah Jennings and his family and friends. We have had a long and deep connection with his work. He was a blessing to us, our training’s and our communities. We are thankful to have known him and are extremely saddened to see him go. R.I.P. dear friend. Article
“Brother Outsider” The Life of Bayard Rustin May 21, 2015 Mixed Magic Theatre 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 6pm – 7pm Meet, Eat and Greet Bennett Singer, Documentarian Finger food and cash bar 7pm – 8pm “Brother Outsider” documentary 8pm – 9pm Open discussion Plenty of accessible parking available