If you are the victim of a Hate-Bias event, or if you witness a Hate-Bias event, the MCPD encourages you to come forward and report what happened.

Quick Guide for reporting hate-bais incident

What constitutes a hate crime in Maryland?

  • Under MD Criminal Law 10-301, through 10-308, a person may not: commit a crime that is motivated either in whole or substantial part by another person or group's race, color, national origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, homelessness, or disability.
  • A bias-related incident may be motivated by the same reasons as a hate crime but is different because the initial action did not rise to the level of a criminal offense.

Reporting hate-bias incident

The MCPD will document every allegation of a hate crime or bias incident and conduct a further investigation.  The Community Engagement Division (CED) is tasked with monitoring and tracking all Hate-Bias events in Montgomery County.  The CED is available to conduct safety conversations with any community group and can be reached at MCPD_Engaged@montgomerycountymd.gov 

Some reporting issues

  • Trust - we are working to rebuild trust with many communities, especially the disenfranchised and communities of color.  We will work to enhance community relations and build trust through transparency, accountability, and strong leadership. 
  • Language-Barrier - our Department utilizes 24/7 interpreting services.  Our department has 194 officers who are certified in speaking another language.  
  • Citizenship -  Montgomery County's policy is not to inquire about anyone's immigration status, nor does the county conduct any immigration enforcement or investigations; we are not a "sanctuary" jurisdiction.   

Bystander intervention

  • Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, Direct
  • Ask the target for directions, ask for help from a 3rd party, document the event (record, if safe to do so; keep a safe distance, film street signs or landmarks to help identify the location, say the day and time).
  • Ask the victim if THEY want the footage.
  • Check-in with the victim after the event.
  • Speak up about the harassment.

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