The criminal investigations division of Salem State University police includes crime prevention, protective services and investigations. The division runs programs and seminars throughout the year on crime prevention and a variety of additional topics pertinent to staff, faculty and students. These include workshops on the myths and facts about sexual assault, domestic violence and other sensitive crimes, as well as explorations of the phenomena of date/acquaintance rape. The criminal investigations division works with students and staff to educate, advise and inform them of their rights and responsibilities as individuals in any of these situations. The division also issues crime alerts through films, posters, brochures, and the student newspaper, and prosecutes the department's criminal cases.
Criminal investigations is also responsible for protective services for guests and visitors to the community.
What is a hate crime?
Basically, it is any criminal act coupled with overt actions motivated by bigotry and bias including, but not limited to, a threatened, attempted or completed overt act motivated at least in part by racial, religious, ethnic, handicap, gender, or sexual orientation prejudice, or one that otherwise deprives another person of his/her constitutional rights by threat, intimidation or coercion, or that seeks to interfere with or disrupt a person's exercise of constitutional rights through harassment or intimidation.
What To Do If You Are a Victim:
- Call the police immediately
- If you are victimized by graffiti, DO NOT clean it off. Handwriting samples may be useful in the investigation.
- Pay close attention to threatening remarks made by the perpetrator so that you can accurately report them to the responding police officer. This will be important when the case goes to court.
- DO NOT engage in an argument with the perpetrator. This may encourage him/her to become violent. Leave the scene as quickly as you can, and call police.
- Pay attention to anyone else who may have witnessed the crime
- Try to obtain an accurate description of the suspect. This will help police locate him or her.
When the Police Respond:
- The first concern of the responding officers will be for your safety. If medical treatment is necessary, an ambulance will be called and you will be transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.
- An officer will also want to take photographs of any injuries for evidence.
- A description of the perpetrator will be obtained, and transmitted to all other patrol officers. There may be a chance he/she is still in the area, and can be apprehended.
- You will be required to give a statement describing the incident.
- If the perpetrator is a stranger, you may be asked to assist an officer in putting together a composite sketch for identification purposes.
- If the assailant is caught, you may be required to go to court and testify.
REMEMBER...if you decide not to proceed with charges, there is a chance this person may repeat his or her crime by victimizing someone else.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE BEEN A VICTIM OF A HATE CRIME, CALL SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE AT 978.542.6111.