Westchester DA and County Executive
Launch Hate Crimes Portal

On February 1, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah (in photo) and Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced that a law enforcement portal for the reporting of hate crimes and bias incidents in Westchester County is now live and operating. 


Developed by the District Attorney’s Office, the County Executive’s Office, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and the Westchester County Department of Information Technology over the last year, with support from law enforcement leaders like the Westchester County Police Chiefs Association, the online portal will allow for swifter, more comprehensive and proactive investigations and prosecutions of hate crimes and bias cases. 


DA Rocah said, “Law enforcement cannot tackle hate, bias and extremism if we don’t know about it. Utilizing technology, we can now access data for hate crimes and bias incidents across Westchester, conveniently consolidated in one place. Not only can this assist in our prosecutions, it will enhance our collaboration with police.” 


County Executive Latimer said, “I commend our Department of Public Safety and our Department of Information Technology for working together with the DA’s Office to create a system for reporting that is accurate, effective and inclusive. Fighting hate cannot be done by one entity, it needs collaboration, and I am confident that with the right people at the table this portal will be a powerful tool to stop hate from spreading in Westchester.” 


Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner Terrance Raynor said, “This is an innovative and efficient online tool that allows law enforcement in Westchester County to study potential trends and crime patterns related to hate crimes and bias incidents and will help law enforcement be proactive in addressing public safety matters.” 


County IT’s Chief Information Officer Marguerite Beirne said, “This centralized database is a game changer in fighting hate crimes, and I am proud to have the County’s IT Department create this portal for this important use. I thank County Executive Latimer for recognizing how vital it was for the IT Department to work on this project.”  


Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association President Robert Noble added, “The participation of law enforcement agencies can increase the likelihood that this portal will provide the maximum benefit for crime analysis, and even crime prevention, in Westchester County.” 


To date, nearly 80 percent of local and state law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction in Westchester County have registered for the portal:  


1. Ardsley Police Department  

2. Buchanan Village Police Department 

3. New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police 

4. Dobbs Ferry Police Department 

5. Eastchester Police Department 

6. Elmsford Village Police Department 

7. Greenburgh Police Department 

8. Harrison Police Department  

9. Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department 

10. Irvington Police Department 

11. Larchmont Police Department  

12. Lewisboro Police Department 

13. Village of Mamaroneck Police Department 

14. Mount Pleasant Police Department 

15. Mount Vernon Police Department 

16. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Dept 

17. New Castle Police Department  

18. New Rochelle Police Department 

19. Village of Ossining Police Department 

20. Peekskill Police Department 

21. Pelham Manor Police Department 

22. Village of Pelham Police Department 

23. Village of Pleasantville Police Department 

24. City of Rye Police Department 

25. Rye Brook Police Department  

26. Scarsdale Police Department 

27. Sleepy Hollow Police Department 

28. Somers Police Department 

29. New York State University Police – Purchase College 

30. Tarrytown Police Department 

31. Tuckahoe Police Department 

32. Westchester County DA’s Office 

33. Westchester County Department of Public Safety 

34. White Plains Public Safety 

35. Yonkers Police Department 

36. Yorktown Police Department 


The portal’s launch supports the robust efforts by DA Rocah to adequately address hate crimes in Westchester County. She installed a Senior ADA and hate crimes analyst as part of the DA’s Office Hate Crimes Unit and implemented year-round legal trainings for law enforcement and “upstander” presentations in schools and the community with local government partners.  


Call the Westchester County Department of Public Safety to set up registration for the portal.