JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Jackson Field Office is launching a “Hate Crimes Awareness” campaign as part of a nationwide effort to encourage reporting to law enforcement.
Earlier this month, advertisements containing information on how to report hate crimes were installed on 13 billboards across the state.
Last week, a bus wrapped in the campaign graphics was released on the Mississippi Coast and an additional bus will be released in mid-October.
Hate crimes are defined by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report as a committed criminal offense that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or gender identity.