RISE IN HATE CRIMES IS

NOT JUST A PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE

FOP condemns recent anti-Semitic attacks

Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, said the rise in anti-Semitic attacks against members of the Jewish faith is very troubling and he called on citizens to support their communities and confront hatred.

“Across the globe, we’ve seen an increase in anti-Semitism and, sadly, this deplorable hatred has motivated numerous attacks against Jews,” Yoes said. “it is not just happening in New York City, but it’s a very troublesome trend in the United States and abroad. Speaking for the men and women who respond to these horrific crimes, we condemn them in the strongest possible way.”

According to the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), showed that Jews and Jewish institutions were the overwhelming target of religion-based hate crimes in 2018. The total of reported hate crimes decreased slightly in 2018 after three consecutive years of increases, but hate crime murders totaled 24, the highest since the FBI began tracking and reporting on hate crimes in 1991.

“I am confident that local law enforcement will be doing everything they can to protect these communities and, hopefully, provide a sense of safety and security”, Youes said. “But this is more than a public safety problem – we need to come together as a nation to reject hate and promote inclusion of all members of our communities.”

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 350,000 members.