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Posted: January 23, 2004

New York, NY, January 23, 2004Ö The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised the Binghamton Police Department for undertaking a training program on Hate Crimes, Extremism, and Cultural Sensitivity. The partnership and training, together with the Office of the New York State Attorney General (OAG), arose out of a series of bias incidents and extremist group activity around the Binghamton area.

"By taking concrete steps to fight bigotry, the Binghamton Police are leading the charge against racism, anti-Semitism, and all forms of bigotry", said Joel J. Levy, ADL New York Regional Director. "The trainings were very successful and we look forward to continuing a productive relationship with the Binghamton Police Department."

The training included officers of the Binghamton Police Department and other police agencies throughout Broome County. ADL experts provided an overview of the right wing and anti-government extremist movements currently active in the United States and presentations on neo-Nazi and skinhead groups in the region. OAG Civil Rights experts provided a thorough explanation of the New York State Hate Crimes Statute and the importance of a community response to hate crimes.

"The Binghamton Police Department continues to be concerned about issues of racial discrimination and hate crimes," said Binghamton Police Chief John Butler. "We hope this training and a continued dialogue with the residents of Binghamton will help make our city a vibrant place for all residents, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation."

"I want to thank Chief John Butler for inviting our Civil Rights Bureau and the Anti-Defamation League to conduct training on New York's Hate Crimes statue," said Dennis C. McCabe, Assistant Attorney General, Binghamton office. "Hate Crimes are not only an attack on an individual, but on our entire community. I hope that this training and the investigation and enforcement of Hate Crimes will help reduce crimes motivated by bias." Please contact ADL for more information about our Extremism and Hate Crime Training for Law Enforcement Professionals.

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