Audit Finds Local Agencies Underreport Hate Crimes

A new report by the California State Auditor has found underreporting of hate crimes at four agencies it reviewed, including the Los Angeles Police Department, the San Francisco State University Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

In all, the auditors found 97 cases in which hate crimes went unreported, putting underreporting at about 14%. State Auditor Elaine Howle blamed training and categorization failures at local agencies such as the LAPD and a “lack of proactive guidance and oversight" from the California Department of Justice in particular.

A representative for California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra's office said steps are already being taken to remedy this problem. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, however, took issue with the findings.

Read more about the audit here

See also: The Trouble With Hate Crime Statistics: Not Enough Jurisdictions Participate