Crimes having a racial, religious, sexual orientation or ethnic component manifest themselves in a wide spectrum of anti-social activities. These Bias Incidents jeopardize the active and open pursuit of freedom and opportunity. Bias Incidents attack the racial, religious and ethnic heritage of our citizens, important elements of our history and future. Closely linked to our heritage are individual values, beliefs and identities. Bias Incidents undermine these foundations of freedom. It shall be the responsibility of this agency to bring the investigative and enforcement elements of the department into quick action following any and all suspected, and confirmed, bias incidents. There is to be special emphasis placed upon victim assistance and community relations in order to reduce victim trauma and community tensions and fears.