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Investigation and Prevention

The Park City Police Department respects an individual's rights secured by the U.S. Constitution and the laws enacted by the City, state and nation. When such rights are infringed upon by violence, threats or harassment, this department will utilize all available resources to see that justice is served under the law.

The City of Park City and its Police Department have zero tolerance for violence, including that on the basis of hate. We believe that everyone should be free from violence, threats and discrimination. We strongly encourage anyone who has knowledge or information concerning any hate crime or incident involving bias or discrimination to immediately report it to this department.

The federal government also has the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence by providing the U.S. Department of Justice with jurisdiction over crimes of violence where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability (18 USC §245).

This department is committed to taking a proactive approach to preventing and preparing for likely hate crimes by, among other things:

  • Contacting persons and groups within the community who are likely targets of hate crimes to form prevention and response networks.
  • Providing victim assistance and follow-up as outlined below, including community follow-up.

We embrace and celebrate the diversity in our community and endeavor to make all residents feel safe, welcome and valued.

The Park City Police Department assigned Officer Franco Libertini as the liaison officer focused on engaging with all members of our communities including our diverse, under-served and/or possible victims of crime based on bias motivation such as race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and gender. Officer Libertini works in collaboration with our Victim Advocate Devan Bobo, Homeless Liaison Jackie Bittner and School Resource Officer Brandon Smalling, to effectively respond to hate or bias-motivated incidents and crimes.

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