Hate Crime Reporting & Resources

Santa Ana is a diverse city whose residents represent various cultures, nationalities, races, religions, sexual orientations, political affiliations and physical disabilities. It is the combination of these different groups that make Santa Ana diverse and rich in cultures. We recognize that there are individuals and specific groups motivates by hate and are willing to act violently towards others based solely on these differences. These criminal acts, are referred to as hate crimes, affect not just individuals but our entire community.

It is our priority to serve the Santa Ana Community with the utmost professionalism, integrity, dignity, respect and transparency. We strive to build and sustain community trust with all members of our diverse community, with the purpose of creating an all-inclusive and collaborative public safety partnership.

The Santa Ana Police Department reports all hate crimes to both the California Department of Justice and the Orange County Human Relations Commission

 

Hate Crime or Hate Incident?

  • A hate crime is a crime against a person, group or property motivated by the victim's real or perceived protected social group.
  • A hate incident is an action or behavior motivated by the hate but legally protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of expression.

 

It is important to know the difference between a hate crime and hate incident. Examples of hate incidents include:

  • name-calling
  • insults
  • distributing hate material in public places
  • displaying hate material on your own property

 

The U.S. Constitution allows hate speech as long as it does not interfere with the civil rights of others. If a hate incident starts to threaten a person or property, it may become a hate crime.