By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– Denver’s Public Safety Department addressed hate crimes with a day of training that included several organizations. On Wednesday, the training included a lesson on how laws about hate crimes have evolved.

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The Denver Police Department said it is important for everyone to report hate crimes and that officers have a role in helping victims.

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“These types of events activate long-standing traumas and we have to be one of the forefront members in assisting the community to heal that trauma,” said Denver Police Sgt. Carla Harvard.

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Hate crimes seem to be on the rise in Colorado. Just this week two schools were vandalized, one with antisemitic graffiti and the other with homophobic slurs.

Jennifer McRae