- Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Media Contact for EOPSS Releases 2019 Massachusetts Hate Crime Report
Jake Wark, Director of Communications
Boston — Today, the Executive Office for Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) released the 2019 Massachusetts Hate Crime Report .
The report was compiled using data voluntarily supplied from police departments across the Commonwealth. EOPSS received a total of 376 reports of incidents of hate crime, up from 351 in 2018 and the second-lowest in six years, from a total of 82 agencies. In addition, 256 agencies submitted “zero reports,” indicating that they had experienced no bias-motivated incidents. These two groups of agencies covered approximately 95% of the population of Massachusetts in 2019 and the number of non-reporting agencies, which did not report any data, fell from 60 to 55.
The Baker-Polito Administration remains committed to using every available resource to end all forms of hate and discrimination. Governor Charlie Baker re-established the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes through executive order in 2017, appointing members with expertise in community advocacy, health care, law, government, and education who represent a group diverse in gender, race, industry, region, age and education. In 2018, the Task Force made recommendations to Massachusetts law enforcement agencies. More recently, its 20 members identified elementary and secondary schools as key partners in preventing, reporting and raising awareness of bias-driven crimes. Recognizing the evolving nature of hate-based threats to faith-based organizations, the Administration has also prioritized safety at houses of worship and has awarded $2.7 million in grants since 2018 to provide physical security infrastructure.
About the Data Collection Process
After receipt and state data quality checks, EOPSS submits all Massachusetts hate crime data to the FBI for further analysis, verification, and inclusion in its annual Hate Crime Statistics publication.
As in past years, 2019 hate crime data was collected utilizing two methods – the more detailed National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and the older Uniform Crime Report (UCR) system. While several of the categories displayed in the report may only be available from the NIBRS–reporting agencies, more thorough and accurate data is expected as additional Massachusetts police departments transition to NIBRS. The number of departments using NIBRS increased by 11% from 2018 to 2019, and that trend is expected to continue.
Past years’ reports are available online here.